LibDem MP criticises Boris Johnson for premature Kenyan election victory message

Tom Brake
Liberal Democrat MP for Carshalton and Wallington in London, Tom Brake.

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has been criticised for congratulating Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta following his election win which was nullified by the Supreme Court on Friday.

In his message last month, Mr Johnson said:

“The UK and Kenya are longstanding friends and close partners.

“We look forward to building on our strong relationship, working together to advance our shared prosperity and security and to support Kenya’s development, for the benefit of all.

“We commend the people of Kenya for their commitment to democracy and salute those who worked tirelessly and courageously towards holding credible elections.”

However on Friday, Kenyatta’s victory was voided after six judges ruled 4-2 that the election was not properly carried out and another election will be held within the next 60 days.

Boris Johnson and Uhuru Kenyatta
British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson meets Kenya’s President Kenyatta. Photo: Twitter/UKenyatta

Criticising Mr Johnson for congratulating the President on his election victory, Tom Brake, Liberal Democrat Member of Parliament for Carshalton and Wallington, reportedly said:

“This latest gaffe dashes any remaining hopes that Boris Johnson is fit to represent Britain abroad.

“The election result in Kenya always looked a bit dodgy, but Johnson has proved he’s more interested in cosying up to whichever world leader might put on a good banquet than promoting democracy.

“The Foreign Office must now put its full weight into ensuring proper elections are now held in Kenya.”

This isn’t the first time in the last week that Mr Brake has been critical of Mr Johnson.

On Wednesday, the LibDem’s Brexit spokesperson was reported as saying:

“Theresa May’s claim she has ‘full confidence’ in Boris Johnson sounds suspiciously like a football chairman just before they sack the manager.

“Boris has gone from being the poster boy for Brexit to a national liability.”

Boris Johnson met President Kenyatta during a visit to Kenya earlier this year.

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