US President Donald Trump should warn President Uhuru Kenyatta of punitive actions if he does not stop unlawful crackdown on Opposition leaders, the Washington Post has said.
“The Trump administration should warn him of US punitive actions, including sanctions, if he does not stop,” the editorial board said on February 6.
According to the board, Kenya’s neighbours in Africa and Western donors should demand that Uhuru reverses the course before it is too late.
They were referring to the crackdown on Opposition politicians since the ‘mock’ swearing in of Nasa leader Raila Odinga on January 30.
“By shutting down media, ignoring court orders and charging peaceful opponents with treason, he [Uhuru] is dangerously raising tensions in an already polarised society and inviting ostracism for his government,” the editorial states.
The board said Uhuru could have presided over a landmark consolidation of democracy in 2017 that would have positioned Kenya for political leadership in Africa.
“Instead, he [Uhuru] is leading the country back toward the autocracy it thought it had left behind,” the editorial said in part.
The Washington Post further accused Uhuru of being vindictive after the Supreme Court nullified his August election victory in a landmark ruling.
“Uhuru could have fixed the problems with the voting process and defeated Raila again. Instead, he embarked on a vindictive campaign, sponsoring legislation to prevent the supreme court from censuring future elections and intimidating electoral officials, one of whom fled the country.”