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US pledges to back Uhuru

05 June 2013, 13:55 James Kabotia

The United States government on Tuesday said that it recognises and respects the decision of Kenyans for voting in favour of Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto.

US Ambassador to Kenya Robert Godec has assured Kenyans of continued genuine partnership between Kenya and America despite the charges of crime against humanity facing prominent Kenyans before the International Criminal Court (ICC).

“On behalf of President Barrack Obama, I congratulated President Uhuru and his deputy William Ruto following their election victory. We are committed to working together and strengthen the relationship,” said Godec.

Godec also noted that African Union is an independent organization that can make its own decisions, and that it is free to decide whether to back a request by Kenya to the ICC regarding charges against humanity facing President Uhuru, Deputy President William Ruto and radio journalist Joshua Arap Sang.

“African Union is an independent organization but as United States, we remain committed to the international rule of law,” he observed.

Godec said that President Obama did not intentionally plan to skip Kenya over other countries because of the charges facing President Uhuru and his deputy William Ruto at the ICC.

“President Obama had received many invitations from countries across Africa and he could not tour all of them,” said the Ambassador.

Godec said that Obama will tour Africa to expound on many issues that will benefit the whole continent.

Robert Godec, Joshua Irungu

He was addressing the media when he toured Kalalu dispensary in Laikipia East Sub County that had been built through the support of the US government two years ago.

The ambassador who is on his tour to the 47 counties in Kenya met Laikipia Governor Joshua Irungu Wakahora at his office where they expounded on various investment projects.

He said, “I met Governor Irungu today and he has an impressive team of men and women who are ready to improve the livelihoods of the people of Laikipia. I am looking forward to working with his government.”

He revealed that his tour to the 47 counties is meant to assist with the process of devolution.

“We know Kenya is facing challenges during this dispensation and we are committed to providing the County governors with additional training on devolution,” said Godec.

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