27 February 2013

Readout of the Secretary-General's telephone call with H. E. Mr. Mwai Kibaki, President of the Republic of Kenya

The Secretary-General called the President of the Republic of Kenya, H. E. Mr. Mwai Kibaki, today to express his sincere hope and belief that Kenyans, working together and putting the collective interest of their country above any other consideration, can ensure that the upcoming elections will be peaceful and credible.

The Secretary-General expressed appreciation for efforts made to strengthen Kenya’s democracy and its electoral system since the last general elections. He trusts that efforts made at many levels to prevent a repeat of past violence will be redoubled during the remainder of the campaign.

The Secretary-General underscored the importance of respecting the independence of the judiciary and the authority of the Independent Electoral and Boundary Commission (IEBC) which is entrusted with organizing the elections and ensuring that the results reflect the will of the Kenyan people.

The Secretary-General was encouraged by the recent statements made by all the presidential candidates to reaffirm their commitment to a peaceful and tolerant campaign, and to appeal to their supporters to do the same, and to reject inflammatory rhetoric, violence or fraudulent actions.