The Kenyan government has protested a move by the United States government to list it as part of a signatory in the Declaration for the Future of the Internet (DFI) saying there were no consultations.
According to government Spokesperson Cyrus Oguna, the listing as seen on the White House website is erroneous since Kenya has not approved the same through the required procedure.
“Our attention has been drawn to a statement published on the US Government White House website on the Declaration for the Future of the Internet. The statement lists Kenya as one of the 60 signatories to the said declaration,” read the statement in part“While we are listed as a signatory to the declaration, we wish to state that, as a country, we have not gone through our processes and laws for endorsing this declaration.”
DFI list seeks to promote an open, free, global, interoperable, reliable, and secure internet for the world.
Oguna further explains that with respect to the constitution, the country follows the right channels as stipulated in the law and thus cannot approve without appropriate consultation.
“As per our laws, Kenya can only be a signatory to any international instrument after Cabinet approval, and ratification by the National Assembly,” he said.
Among some of the member countries that have joined the U.S are the U.S. include Australia, Argentina, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Israel, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, the United Kingdom and Ukraine.
The spokesperson thus notes that in due time, the State will respond regarding the issue.
“The said declaration is going through the review and based on the outcome of the process, Kenya will be able to state her position on the matter. As such, the listing of Kenya as a signatory is erroneous,” he stated.