, NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 9 – As the United States marked yet another day in its history on Wednesday, U.S Ambassador Bob Godec used the special day to pledge his country’s support to Kenya during next year’s General Election.
He said the U.S was contributing more than Sh2.5 billion to support the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) in its programmes to ensure elections are conducted democratically and peacefully.
“As we mark the American election that just took place, we look forward to the Kenyan election. As Kenyans have stood with us, so we will stand with you. Americans will walk hand in hand with all Kenyans who seek to make your election free, fair, peaceful, and credible,” the ambassador told guests who had been invited to the embassy to follow through the US election results in which Republican Donald Trump was resoundingly elected president trouncing Democrat Hillary Clinton who was widely projected to win.
He also called on Kenyans to participate in the electoral process and exercise their civic duty of electing “leaders who can shape their future”.
Guarding the electoral process, he said, was the basis of strengthening the country’s democracy, enhancing security and promoting development also through dialogue that will table important issues that need to be addressed.
“A successful election requires, too, that all Kenyans come together and take responsibility. Government officials, politicians, business people, religious leaders, civil society representatives, all Kenyans,” he added.
Godec further urged Kenyans to shun tribalism which has been identified as a major threat to peace and democracy in the east African nation seen as an economic power house in the region.
“Everyone should come together and take responsibility to address squarely hard issues such as ending the scourge of corruption and bridging the ethnic divide. Everyone should seek to resolve deep differences through open debate and the ballot,” Godec advised.
As the U.S celebrated election of its 45th President, Godec said its relations with Kenya would still remain strong.
“Today, we celebrate the American election. Today, we celebrate democracy. And, today, we celebrate the profound friendship between Kenya and the United States. A friendship that is founded on our shared belief in the enduring power and boundless promise of – as Abraham Lincoln said – “government of the people, by the people, and for the people.”