The government has rebuffed claims that it has been soliciting for congratulatory messages from foreign countries after the Supreme Court upheld President Uhuru’s re-election in the repeat poll.
Following the ruling, UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson was the first senior foreign official to congratulate President Kenyatta amid claims that Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed had solicited congratulations from him.
During a press briefing yesterday, government spokesperson Eric Kiraithe laughed off the claims saying that President Kenyatta was duly elected as the President of Kenya. He said that Kenya is “not suffering from inferiority complex” to warrant soliciting of congratulatory messages.
“There is no reason whatsoever for the government to solicit for congratulatory messages. Even if nobody congratulates then it is immaterial.
“The government of Kenya has no such inferiority complex that makes it want go soliciting for congratulation messages,” said Mr Kiraithe.
Kiraithe noted that Uhuru had so far received congratulatory messages from over 20 heads of states with a number of them also affirming their earlier messages they had sent after the August 8 election.
Earlier in the week, State House Spokesman Manoah Esipisu said in a press briefing: “Some of you have asked about how many countries have congratulated the President on his re-election. As of Monday, we can confirm that more than 40 countries had done so. The Foreign Ministry will release details in due course. Essentially, these congratulatory messages are normally channelled through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.”