Haki Africa calls for national dialogue to end the current political scenario
An urgent national dialogue is needed to resolve the current state of uncertainty in the country, a human rights lobby group said on Thursday.
Haki Africa Executive Director Hussein Khalid said the current state of uncertainty in the country is causing more harm than good.
He called for urgent national dialogue that will bring together all the key actors in the current political stalemate in the country.
A neutral actor, such as the international community, should convene the dialogue and ensure all parties are engaged and brought to the table.
“Political parties, IEBC, media, civil society and religious leaders must be at the core of this dialogue to unlock the stalemate,” said Khalid.
He said Kenyans need to begin “talking candidly with each other instead of at each other.”
“As a country, we must not allow the current impasse to make the local citizens suffer. We must emerge out of this situation a stronger, united nation. The time for national dialogue is now to save our beloved country,” he said.
Haki Africa said they appreciate that the ongoing legal and electoral debates are healthy for Kenya’s democracy.
However, they also feel that it is taking a heavy toll on the common citizens.
“Economically and socially, the country is falling behind,” said Haki Africa Executive Director, Hussein Khalid in a statement.
He said economically it is becoming difficult by the day for an average citizen to put food on the table, whereas socially, Kenyans have been divided by politicians who have continued to incite the public.
The stalemate in the country was brought about following the nullification of the August 8 presidential election by the Supreme Court.
The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) and the Judiciary have made pronouncement and rulings that have given new meanings to the elections.
Khalid said the result of all this is a state of continued uncertainty in the country with majority of Kenyans not understanding what is happening or knowing what to expect in the coming days from the different electoral stakeholders.