After meeting with Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby at Heathrow Airport yesterday, Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga met the United Kingdom’s Minister for Africa, Rory Stewart.
In what was described as a “productive meeting”, Mr Stewart reiterated UK’s support for free, fair and peaceful elections, Kenya’s constitution and institutions. He added how clear it is that important elections take place in line with the Supreme Court’s decision on 1 September and,encouraged all sides to work together.
Mr Stewart also expressed regret that Mr Odinga had withdrawn from the Presidential election re-run, scheduled for 26 October, and urged him to work to ensure elections happen in line with the Kenyan constitution.
The British Minister later met with Kenya’s Principal Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs Ambassador Monica Juma during which he highlighted the UK’s concern over political tensions in Kenya and rushed legislative changes.
During the day, Mr Odinga also met with former UN Deputy Secretary General, Lord Mark Malloch Brown who the former Kenyan Prime Minister said “yielded valuable insights into Kenya’s political situation.”
Before returning to Kenya on Saturday, Mr Odinga is scheduled to deliver an hour-long lecture at Chatham House in London on “Kenya’s Next Test: Democracy, Elections and the Rule of Law.”