Kenya narrowly won an election for a non-permanent United Nations Security Council seat Thursday, in a vote impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
India, Ireland, Mexico and Norway all won their bids in first-round voting on Wednesday, but neither Kenya nor Djibouti attained the two-thirds majority needed in the U.N. General Assembly to take a seat designated for Africa on the powerful 15-nation council.
In a second round on Thursday, Kenya achieved the slimmest of victories, obtaining 129 votes, one more than needed to win the seat. Djibouti fell well short with 62.
It has now emerged that Kenya’s neighbor- Tanzania voted for Djibouti for the hotly contested seat.
This shocking revelation comes barely a month President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Tanzanian counterpart John Magufuli resolved to work together “as brothers”, effectively ending a brewing diplomatic row between the East African neighbors.
Nairobi and Dar-es-Salaam had traded retaliatory border closures to tame the growing cross-border coronavirus cases.The two presidents had a phone conversation, which according to Magufuli, eased the tension over border control in the wake of the pandemic.
It would seem not.