Amb. Godec reveals his love for Ugali and Nyama Choma
13 July 2015, 14:18
Mombasa - US ambassador to Kenya, Robert Godec has revealed his love for "Ugali" and “Nyama Choma”, but downplays the recent US Supreme Court ruling on same sex marriage that has received a cold response in Kenya.
In an exclusive interview with News24 Kenya, Godec also highlighted some of the issues he expects President Obama to address during his visit to Kenya next week.
Here are some of the issues raised in the interview:
Qs. First of all, why are you in Mombasa?
Godec: Mombasa is a beautiful city, I have been here a couple of times ...
Qs. Your counterpart from the United Kingdom was here to address the issues surrounding the travel advisories and tourism. Will you be addressing the same?
Godec: The USA travel advisory is different from what the British had. United States does not tell Americans not to visit Kenya. What our travel advisory does is provide information that Americans need to make decision about travel around security and safety.
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Qs. What is your take on the terrorism situation in Kenya?
Godec: There is still a threat of terror attacks in Kenya, we saw that in the recent attack in Mandera. The only way to resolve this is to deal with threat directly. The US has been providing training to Kenyan forces; we share intelligence, we provide ammunition support to Kenya forces thorough the Amisom and we are working to resolve this threat.
Qs. How can you rate the security status in Kenya?
Godec: Kenya faces big security challenges in the first instance ... Kenya security services have done many things; they have stopped attacks, they have improved their responses especially after the Westgate attack but there are still many challenges in the area of command and communication. This is a challenge to many countries even America. You can be standing at the finish line at Boston marathon and a terrorist may blow you up. It’s important that every government makes a step to bring a stop to this.
Qs. Will the US be pushing for same sex marriages in other countries especially Africa?
Godec: United status is absolutely committed to human rights. No one should be denied their rights because of whom they love; its important to the unity of America. We believe that people who are transgender and the LGBTs need to be treated the same as others; it's just a simple matter of human rights.
Qs. What are some of the issues President Obama will address during his visit to Kenya?
Godec: Am very excited about president Obama’s visit, the first visit by a sitting American President. It may be all special, historic visit because Obama’s father is from Kogello. Am confident the President will address issues that the two country share around democracy, security and prosperity. It will also provide an opportunity to celebrate ties between United States and Kenya .
Qs. What is your favorite Kenyan dish?
Godec: (Laughs) I love “Ugali” and “Nyama Choma”
Qs. What is your favorite sporting activity?
Godec: Football and my team is the American Women Football Team. Hey, they just won the world cup!
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