Kenya reaffirms support to Western Sahara self-determination

APS - 13 April 2021

NAIROBI- Kenya reiterated its support to the United National settlement plan to resolve the conflict in Western Sahara that will enable the Sahrawi people to exercise their right to self-determination, Kenyan newspaper Capitalfm wrote on Tuesday.

The services of Vice-President of Kenya denied the allegations of Morocco's representative in Nairobi El Mokhtar Ghambou, according to which Kenya's Vice-President William Ruto supported the alleged proposal of Moroccan solution in Western Sahara, according to the newspaper.

In its statement, the cabinet of Vice-President underlined that Kenya "as a non-permanent member of the Security Council, it is in its interest to support the UN peace process concerning the issue of Western Sahara, in accordance with the decision 693 of the heads of State."

The same source also reported that Ken Osinde, Ruto's principal private secretary, wrote Monday to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to refute the statements published by the Moroccan news agency MAP and a certain number of local media outlets.

"It has come to our attention that on 24 March 2021, through a dispatch published by MAP agency, some allegations were attributed to the vice-president. These claims were relayed on 26 March 2021," according to the letter relayed Tuesday by the newspaper. It is noted in this missive that the images illustrating the information disseminated by the Moroccan media outlets, "are taken from a different event attended by the vice-president and have nothing to do with the claims of the ambassador," wrote Osinde in a letter sent to the secretary to the cabinet of Kenyan Foreign Affairs Minister Raychelle Omamo.

"This communication aims to inform you that these allegations are false and to urge the ministry to deal with the issue of Western Sahara in accordance with the government's protocol," added the source.