Is Ranneberger vomiting on our shoes?

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The US ambassador has done it once again! In his usual mien, Mr Michael Ranneberger invited journalists on Thursday to his Muthaiga residence to yet again issue threats to Kenyans. 

I hold no brief for people who have made a career frustrating reforms in Kenya and those who are always caught with their hands in the cookie jar but pause for a minute and ask what it matters to Washington.

Even though I am not competent to interpret laws, as I’m sure Kiraitu Murungi will remind me, Kenya is a sovereign State and any other laws apart from international decrees cannot be dictated upon Kenyans by any other foreign nation.

One wonders what right the good old Ranneberger has to warn Kenya all the time on the reforms agenda. To belittle Kenyans with travel ban threats as if Washington is the ultimate destination is also missing the point.

Diplomats meaning well for Africa will tell you that the Continent needs strong leaders with little time to impress the West, but to make an impact on their citizenry.

Africans must be told that what the West always clamours for is not necessarily what is best for them because priorities between the two differ. But, for Rannerberger to keep treating our leaders as his equals is an abuse of diplomacy, Period! And this should be instilled in his mind.

We should all ensure Ranneberger does not forget that he is just a junior officer representing his country and a guest in Kenya just like Mr Ogego is in Washington.

Behaving like a small American king in Kenya is, to say the least, distasteful.
There are better ways the Obama administration can deal with characters that even Kenyans hold in disdain.

They should pump more of their dollars to strengthen institutions currently dealing with reforms.

Mr Ranneberger should also be impressed by Washington to channel his frustrations through diplomatic means. Playing to the public gallery is a conduct unbecoming for any diplomat worth his salt.

I however give Mr Rannerberger an A plus for effort. His latest salvo against Kenya and its leaders did not disappoint. Fifteen key personalities including Cabinet Ministers, MPs and Permanent Secretaries risk being denied entry to the US.

Kenyans must show their unwillingness to bow down to ‘activism diplomacy’, as Dr Alfred Mutua aptly called it.  And skewed demands from the western leaders who want to bully Africa.

Whereas I am not telling Mr Ranneberger to shut up and refrain from commenting on issues affecting Kenya, we should ask him to tell us who gave him the platform to do so.

Mr Rannerbereger is not only vomiting on our shoes but behaving like a small king.
The US ambassador has done it once again! In his usual mien, Mr Michael Ranneberger invited journalists on Thursday to his Muthaiga residence to yet again issue threats to Kenyans. 

I hold no brief for people who have made a career frustrating reforms in Kenya and those who are always caught with their hands in the cookie jar but pause for a minute and ask what it matters to Washington.

Even though I am not competent to interpret laws, as I’m sure Kiraitu Murungi will remind me, Kenya is a sovereign State and any other laws apart from international decrees cannot be dictated upon Kenyans by any other foreign nation.

One wonders what right the good old Ranneberger has to warn Kenya all the time on the reforms agenda. To belittle Kenyans with travel ban threats as if Washington is the ultimate destination is also missing the point.

Diplomats meaning well for Africa will tell you that the Continent needs strong leaders with little time to impress the West, but to make an impact on their citizenry.

Africans must be told that what the West always clamours for is not necessarily what is best for them because priorities between the two differ. But, for Rannerberger to keep treating our leaders as his equals is an abuse of diplomacy, Period! And this should be instilled in his mind.

We should all ensure Ranneberger does not forget that he is just a junior officer representing his country and a guest in Kenya just like Mr Ogego is in Washington.

Behaving like a small American king in Kenya is, to say the least, distasteful.
There are better ways the Obama administration can deal with characters that even Kenyans hold in disdain.

They should pump more of their dollars to strengthen institutions currently dealing with reforms.

Mr Ranneberger should also be impressed by Washington to channel his frustrations through diplomatic means. Playing to the public gallery is a conduct unbecoming for any diplomat worth his salt.

I however give Mr Rannerberger an A plus for effort. His latest salvo against Kenya and its leaders did not disappoint. Fifteen key personalities including Cabinet Ministers, MPs and Permanent Secretaries risk being denied entry to the US.

Kenyans must show their unwillingness to bow down to ‘activism diplomacy’, as Dr Alfred Mutua aptly called it.  And skewed demands from the western leaders who want to bully Africa.

Whereas I am not telling Mr Ranneberger to shut up and refrain from commenting on issues affecting Kenya, we should ask him to tell us who gave him the platform to do so.

Mr Rannerbereger is not only vomiting on our shoes but behaving like a small king.

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