US ambassador to Kenya Robert Godec yesterday said his government will work with Kenyans to ensure the 2017 election is free, fair and peaceful.
Speaking when he addressed more than 1,500 US citizens and invited guests who had gathered to follow the outcome of the just-concluded US elections, Godec said his country will invest Sh2.5 billion in next year’s election to ensure the outcome meets the expectations of Kenyans.
“Today we celebrate American elections. Today we celebrate democracy. Today we celebrate the profound friendship between Kenya and the US, a friendship founded on a shared belief,” Godec (pictured) said. “After the American elections, we now look forward to Kenya’s election.
Because Kenya stood with us, we will also stand with you. As a friend the US will invest Sh2.5 billion to support Kenya’s election. Our assistance will go to straighten the electoral body IEBC, provide voter education and to ensure the election is peaceful.
The citizens together with invited guests conducted a mock election at the residence, as they awaited the outcome of the tight presidential race in America.
The ambassador also asked Kenyans to unite and engage in meaningful dialogue ahead of the election. ODM party leader Raila Odinga, former ODM secretary general Ababu Namwamba and Mombasa Senator Hassan Omar were among the leaders, ordinary citizens and school children who attended the event at the envoy’s official residence in Muthaiga, Nairobi.
“Successful election will require all Kenyans to take charge. Government officials, businesspeople, religious leaders, civil society and all Kenyans to address the sticky issues such as ending corruption, bridging the ethnic divide and avoiding violence in all forms during elections,” he said.