Kenya: Rights body faults Kenyans for unauthorised use of logo in demo

Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Global human rights organization, Amnesty International, has faulted Kenyans in the Diaspora for the unauthorised use its logo in a recent demonstration on the forthcoming presidential election re-run.

The rights body's press office in Nairobi said in a statement on Tuesday that the use of its logo by the demonstrators in New York created the erroneous impression that it supported one side of the political divide in Kenya.

"It has come to our attention that Amnesty International's logo has been used at a demonstration by Kenyans in New York on the forthcoming presidential election re-run, in a way that could imply that the organization supports the opposition National Super Alliance (NASA) coalition,'' said the statement

The organization further said it wished to make it clear that the logo was used without its permission.

''Amnesty International is a movement of more than 7 million members and supporters, and is impartial and independent of any government or political ideology,'' it said.

As such, it does not support any political party or organization in Kenya or elsewhere in the world, said the civil society organization.

Kenya is locked in a political stalemate following the cancellation of the August 8 Presidential Election in which the elections management body, Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), declared incumbent Uhuru Kenyatta of the Jubilee Party the winner with 54 percent against opposition challenger Raila Odinga's 44 percent.

Odinga, flagbearer of the opposition coalition, National Super Alliance (NASA), lodged a petition at the Supreme Court, citing voter fraud and irregularities during the General Election.

On September 1, the Supreme Court, headed by Kenya's Chief Justice David Maraga, nullified. the results, citing voter fraud, flaws in results transmission, irregularities and illegalities.

In a nutshell, the court ruled that the exercise did not meet the constitutional threshold and ordered that a fresh presidential poll be held within 60 days.

The now-discredited IEBC, fingered for the flawed exercise and directed to put its house in order, has set the poll date for October 26.

Though both Kenyatta and Odinga have hit the campaign trail, NASA is threatening to boycott the exercise if the 12 IEBC officials it blamed for the flawed exercise are not removed or sidelined from the fresh poll.
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03 october 2017 15:15:45

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