The Republic of Kenya is on the spotlight by its neighbors after an opposition leader in the country mentioned citizens of two sovereign states namely Uganda and Ethiopia were registering as voters in the Republic of Kenya.
According to Ethiopian Foreign Ministry and also from it’s border police, these allegations are false and undermines Addis National security and foreign and economic relations.
Uganda protested to Nairobi terming the allegations are very outrageous and would have severe ramifications on the diplomatic relations between the two countries since they share a common border, a contested lake island, and most important their economic ties.
Kenya remains pivotal in its neighborhood, but has alienated much of its traditional support network to avoid internal political acrimony. Odinga is attempting to reverse the gains against Nairobi’s ability of flexible diplomacy. Probably the opposition, wary of their past crimes and waning political support both locally and regionally, want to out the government’s repute at the international community by hurting foreign relations.
While Kenya’s sphere of influence in Africa is significantly large, it’s renewed foreign policy signals at its broader ambitions. Already it’s Foreign Affairs Minister Amina Mohamed is vying for the Chairperson of the African Union, a very influential post at both continental and global level.
Recklessness in politics besides the leftist political ideologies by the opposition can hurt Nairobi’s ambitions to rise as a pillar in both Africa and the world. The politicians in Kenya, particularly Odinga who once served as a Prime Minister after orchestrating post election violence in 2007 must, with political maturity, grapple with in a dramatically changing sociopolitical environment in both Kenya and across the borders.
Foreign relations desire use of both facts and diplomatic etiquette, without making claims as to which Odinga is. It obvious, Kenya will continue to suffer harm since such ilk is not healthy for foreign relations since diplomacy often requires sanity. Abandoning this approach has its consequences, though.