Envoy denies meddling in Kenyan politics

US Ambassador to Kenya Robert Godec. FILE | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

US ambassador to Kenya Robert Godec has dismissed claims by the opposition Nasa that he was meddling in the country’s political affairs.

Speaking Wednesday when he met Baringo Governor Stanley Kiptis at his office in Kabarnet, west of Nairobi, Mr Godec said he was only interested in ensuring that the two countries work together in developing Kenya.

“We have no reason to meddle with Kenyan politics. Our mission here is to partner with this country to spur development, nothing else,” said Mr Godec.

Electoral justice

Recently, Nasa leader Raila Odinga had asked the US ambassador and 10 other envoys to keep off Kenyan affairs.

The opposition leader accused the envoys of failing to address issues of electoral justice.

That was after ambassadors of foreign countries working in Kenya asked the opposition to recognise President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto as having been legitimately elected in the October 26, 2017 repeat election.

Mr Odinga termed the envoys as “hypocrites who are hiding behind so-called democracy” to advance the business interests of their nations.

Colonised again

“Those envoys are hypocrites. Stop interfering with our business in a colonial way. We will not accept to be colonised again,” Mr Odinga said.

In his address to journalists on Wednesday in Kabarnet, Mr Godec also called on the national and county governments to ensure they restored peace in areas hit by the rampant insecurity so as to allow for development.

“No meaningful development can be achieved in the insecurity-prone areas. We are calling on the national and county governments to bring normalcy in areas affected because it has been a challenge in initiating development projects in those places,” said Mr Godec.

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