Obama’s snob has diplomatic undertones
23 May 2013, 14:10
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.
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.
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
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’
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
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.
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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