Whoever leads Kenya is not ‘our business’ – Government

General News of Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Source: Myjoyonline.com

2017-08-08

Ghana government says it is not concerned with Kenya’s elections

The government has reacted to the deportation of two Ghanaians from Kenya, saying it has no interest in whoever emerges as winner in the country’s Tuesday Presidential poll.

A statement by the Information Minister, Mustapha Hamid Tuesday said the decision over which candidate is fit to lead the East African country is a reserve of Kenyans.

“We wish to make it clear that Government of Ghana has no interest whatsoever in who emerges winner in Tuesday’s poll,” the statement read. Advertisement

The government’s reaction comes three days after 2016 New Patriotic Party (NPP) Campaign Manager, Peter Mac Manu and one other person were deported from Kenya ahead of its presidential elections.

Leading a team of Democratic Union of Africa International Observers to Kenya’s elections, Mr Manu was denied entry into the country.

He has since returned to Ghana, Myjoyonline.com has learnt.

The two Ghanaians are not the only people deported from Kenya ahead of its elections. The US Embassy in Nairobi reported two other foreign nationals working for the opposition National Super Alliance (NASA) were also deported.

But government said this was not the first time Mr Manu has acted in his capacity as a member of the DUAIO.

“The Ghanaian Constitution guarantees every citizen of Ghana the freedom to participate in political activity inside or outside of the country, within the laws of Ghana and wherever they find themselves,” the Information Minister said in the statement.

The government said any Ghanaian who engages in any political activity inside or outside does that in his own capacity as a free citizen in a free state and not at the behest of the country.

“Ghana enjoys strong diplomatic relations with Kenya and would continuously work to deepen this, as well as explore other areas of co-operation between the two countries,” the statement added.

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