The government has refused claims that it has been begging for messages from foreign nation after the Supreme Court upheld the re-election of President Uhuru Kenyatta.
UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson was the first senior foreign bureaucrat to applaud President Kenyatta in the midst of speculation that Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed had solicited congratulations from him.
In a press conference on Thursday, government spokesperson Eric Kiraithe dismissed claims saying that President Kenyatta was appropriately elected as the President of Kenya and the government is “not suffering from inferiority complex” to merit soliciting of congratulatory messages.
“There is no cause at all for the government to beg for congratulatory messages. Even if no one congratulates then it is irrelevant.
Mr Kiraithe said that President Kenyatta had so far gotten congratulatory messages from more than 20 heads of states with some of them also affirming their prior messages they had sent after the August 8 election.
Foreign Affairs Principal Secretary Monica Juma said that the congratulatory messages were coming in on their own, unsolicited.
In fact, she said the messages were anticipated after what she said was a confirmation of the rule of the law through the long-drawn-out elections row the nation went through, with twice having the courts being asked to establish whether President Kenyatta’s election was free and fair.
Talk of diplomats and foreign governments holding off on congratulating Kenya has been widespread, with the government now explicitly tweeting and broadcasting any congratulatory messages that come in.