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Obama’s snob has diplomatic undertones

23 May 2013, 14:10 Paul Orodi

It has emerged that Obama will be making his first official trip to Africa since his election to office. The destinations where the first African American President will make stops have already been revealed and it is surprising that Kenya was nowhere on the list.

Having his roots in Kenya, many people expected him to make a stop in Nairobi and at least have a word with the newly elected president. Some expected him to even detail his trip to include K’ogelo where it is believed his ancestors originate. However this was not the case.

From Washington, it came clear just before the elections that the US would not endorse any particular candidate. However, a short period after that memorable video message from Obama to the Kenyan people, his chief diplomat with regard to African affairs; Johnny Carson made it clear that our choices as the Kenyan people will automatically have consequences.

That provocative statement was not taken lightly by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the government at large. Several leaders came out to rebuke the African Affairs diplomat from Washington and consequently made it clear that the Kenyan people would not be intimidated by anyone from the west. After all the drama, the Kenyan people made their decision that had to be respected by the international community. But the question remains; did Obama acknowledge the peoples’ decision?

At a personal level, the President of the US might have agreed with the Kenyan people but on an official capacity, things seem to be different. By looking at things as from before the election, one could sense that Obama wanted Kenya to feel free in its election however forces closes to him and even more powerful and influential than him made it clear that they would not have it smooth with so-called ICC suspects.

Obama might have made his video message to the Kenyan people simply because it was his idea, he has some Kenyan roots and due to the elections he had to give a message of hope and finally because he believes in the civil liberties as enshrined in the American constitution. However, with all his good intentions and utmost good faith, the president seems to have powerful decision makers surrounding him and actually dictating his mode of relationship with other states more so developing states.

By the look of things, Obama did not intend to snob Kenya but he might have just been forced to. It was clear from the onset that the west never liked the UhuRuto presidency and they even issued contradictory statements to the one issued by Obama which endorsed a peaceful and democratic election. He has been forced into a corner and unlucky him he has to toe the line lest he faces a myriad of challenges back home during his fresh tenure.

Choices have consequences, may be this is one of them; the President of the US won’t come around not when he is the tenant at the White House.

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