UK: British Troops In Kenya “Unrelated” To Elections

look geneva;”>“The British soldiers currently in Kenya are here as part of the regular training programme at British Army Training Unit Kenya (BATUK) agreed with the Kenyan MoD (Ministry of Defence), ” UK embassy in Kenya said a press statement on Wednesday.

The statement comes against the backdrop of heightened tensions in the country, with some Kenyans warning western countries against showing sides in the heated polls.

Western envoys were recently quoted as saying the election of Uhuru Kenyatta who was indicted by ICC for the 2007 post election violence, would isolate Kenya on the international scene.

The west has as well been accused of hacking into Kenya IEBC vote transmission systems to slow them down thus rendering them ineffective.


UK said their troops were in Kenya as a “routine exercise” that is “completely unrelated to the Kenyan elections, and was planned nine months ago.”

“We have always said that this election is a choice for Kenyans alone to decide. We respect their sovereign will, and the authority of the IEBC and Kenyan institutions to deliver it. We do not endorse any one candidate over another,” the statement read in part.

“The UK Government shares calls from the IEBC, political parties and the Kenyan people for patience and calm as the election results come in. We congratulate the Kenyan people on the spirit of peace in which the elections were conducted.

The Embassy said “claims of British interference, including by the High Commission, in the electoral process are entirely false and misleading.”

It further noted that alongside six independent observer missions and representatives from the rest of the diplomatic community, the UK has had 40 electoral observers accredited by the IEBC observing the elections across the country.

“The UK does not have a position on the question of how to handle the rejected votes. That is for the IEBC, and if necessary Kenyan courts, to determine. We urge all sides to ensure calm, avoid inflammatory statements, and to take any disputes to the courts.”

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