Kenyan President condemns Egypt military coup
Friday, July 05, 2013
The government has termed the coup in Egypt a matter of “extreme concern” and issued a travel advisory for Kenyan’s travelling there.
Thursday, President Uhuru Kenyatta criticised the abrupt change of leadership in Egypt by the military as a threat to democracy.
Addressing journalists in Nairobi, Mr Kenyatta condemned the coup in which President Mohammed Morsy was overthrown by the army and said his government would take the African Union’s position on coups in member states.
“The AU has a very clear position on coup d’états. We did have an elected government; elected through a democratic process,” he said.
“What is happening in Egypt is a matter of grave concern not just to us in Africa, but to any true believer of democracy.”
The Egyptian military on Wednesday overthrew the country’s democratically elected president after he failed to meet demands of protesters.
Thursday, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a travel advisory for Kenyans wishing to go to Egypt.
“Kenyan citizens in Egypt are requested to take every precaution and those intending to travel to the country to defer their travel for the time being,” a statement from the ministry said.
The statement called on the “disputing parties to seek an amicable and democratic solution to the situation and to guarantee the protection of all civilians”.
Although the Egyptian army argued it was only trying to resolve the crisis, the AU policy on ‘Unconstitutional Change of Government’ means the military intervention was illegal.
The AU is yet to issue a statement on the matter.