Cord leader and former Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka got a rare international mission to chair the Commonwealth observer team to the Sri Lankan elections and spared no time to hit at Jubilee government over its attempts to pull out Kenya from the international community.
“Kenya has a pivotal role to play among the member nations (of the commonwealth) as well as the international community,” said Musyoka, indirectly reminding the Jubilee government that Kenya as a country has more to offer to world, rather than isolating itself from world institutions.
Musyoka’s appointment, despite being an opposition leader, is causing discomfort in the Jubilee government, as it continues to portray the Uhuru government as lacking international voices in electoral justice and diplomacy. Musyoka attributed to this fact when he accepted the appointment by the Commonwealth Secretary General, Kamalesh Sharma.
â€œWe have just come from a hotly contested election and the fact that the Commonwealth Secretariat has seen it fit to appoint an opposition leader to lead an observer mission to an election in the Asian continent speaks volumes,â€ Kalonzo said.
Musyoka will lead a high level team which includesÂ Ms Jenni McMullan, former Electoral Officer for Victoria, Australia, Dr Shamsul Huda, former Chief Election Commissioner Bangladesh and Ms Examin Philbert, Secretary, Caribbean Association of Local Government Authorities Saint Lucia.
â€œWe have just come from a hotly contested election and the fact that the Commonwealth Secretariat has seen it fit to appoint an opposition leader to lead an observer mission to an election in the Asian continent speaks volumes
Sharma noted that the former vice president’s vast experience in international diplomacy and peace, having brokered numerous peace deals in Sudan, Burundi, Somalia among other world nations.
Sri Lanka had in the 80s witnesses a series of violent political and ethnic uprisings by insurgencies, including the infamous Tamil Tigers.