US to act on Kenya killers, says Clinton

August 6, 2009 12:00 am

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 6 – The US government on Thursday said it will take action against individuals behind the post election violence and those engaged in corrupt activities in Kenya.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said her government would, however, not sideline Kenya nor place any sanctions on the country.

“We are considering steps that would target individuals about whom there is overwhelming evidence and belief that they have contributed to corruption, post election violence and extra judicial killings,” she said.

Speaking at a public forum at the University of Nairobi, Mrs Clinton challenged the youth and civil society to take the lead in highlighting corruption in Kenya.

Responding to a query by a member of the civil society on whether the international community had lost faith with the government in its efforts to deal firmly with cases of impunity, she said: “We expect so much more of you but we cannot dictate to you who you have in your government; you have to determine how to influence and change this information,” she said.

The US Secretary of State who concluded her three-day tour of Kenya, insisted that a local tribunal was the best way for Kenya to deal with the post election violence perpetrators.

There was a light moment when CNN`s Fareed Zakaria asked the senior US official whether she would consider an offer made by a Kenyan man for her daughter Chelsea’s hand in marriage.

Godwin Kipkemoi Chepkurgor has offered 40 goats and 20 cows.

“Well”, she said amid laughter from the audience, “my daughter is her own person…independent and I will convey this very kind offer.”

When contacted by Capital News, Mr Chepkurgor said; “At the moment I am married with children. I waited and never got a response, but I truly did love Chelsea, she can be a second wife because my love has never faded away.”

“My plan was to bring Chelsea to the country, build a house for her in Nakuru, then we will live a normal life like other married couples, my love for her is still very fresh though I’m married.” 


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