UN statement on protests in Kenya “inaccurate and “misleading” – Mutua
Cabinet Secretary for Foreign and Diaspora Affairs Alfred Mutua has called out the United Nations Human Rights Office following a statement over the anti-government protests.
In the statement issued by the UN Human Rights Office spokesperson Jeremy Laurence, the agency had expressed concern over “widespread violence and alleged use of force by police that resulted in 23 people being killed, a statement that Mutua says was inaccurate and misleading.
“This statement was not only inaccurate but misleading and appeared to have been written in support of a propaganda campaign by people opposed to the democratic will of the people,” Mutua said.
He added that the Ministry has rejected the statement and will be engaging the UN Human Rights Office to ensure proper communication is made in regard to the affairs of the country.
“We will be engaging through appropriate channels to ensure that the international community is not sucked into conspiracies that are aimed at destabilising our nation,” he said.
He further claimed that the violence witnessed during the anti-government protests was ‘politically instigated by paid goons’ thereby the UN’s description of demonstrations being peaceful was incorrect.
“These violent actions by a few paid goons have been politically instigated by known architects of violence and therefore cannot be categorised as peaceful assembly as alleged by the spokesperson. Far from it, what we have witnessed are violent protests with those involved carrying all manner of crude weapons.
CS Mutua added that the country is keen on holding those responsible for vandalism and violence responsible urging the international community to “closely scrutinise the architects of insurrection and anti-democratic elements when they wish to visit their countries and not to allow some of them to go and taint their democratic principles.”
He cautioned Kenyans in the diaspora to be weary of fake news spread via social media.
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