Following nationwide protests led by Raila Odinga, the African Union (AU) has expressed concern about the violent turn of events in Kenya.
The initially peaceful protests devolved into chaos, resulting in several casualties and property damage. The AU has called for an immediate cessation of violence and urged all parties to engage in constructive dialogue to resolve their differences.
The ongoing protests are not only about the proposed changes to the constitution but also highlighted longstanding grievances against the Kenyan government.
Protesters feel that the government is corrupt and has done very little to address pertinent issues such as the high cost of living, inequality and unemployment among others. Odinga and his supporters have been vocal in their criticism of the government’s handling of these issues.
Moussa Faki, the chair of the African Union Commission, has expressed his concerns regarding the violence that followed after yesterday’s protests in Kenya.
In a statement, the AU’s Peace and Security Council has called on all parties to respect the rule of law and human rights.
“The Chairperson reaffirms the absolute solidarity with and support to the Government and the People of Kenya’s efforts working towards national unity, peace, and stability in the country,” the statement read.
The AU has also offered to mediate between the government and the opposition to resolve their differences. The call for dialogue and restraint comes as Azimio leaders look forward to holding more protests on Thursday this week.
It is now up to all parties involved (The Kenya Kwanza government and The Azimio La Umoja One Kenya Alliance leaders) to work towards a peaceful resolution and adhere to AU’s call for constructive dialogue.