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US envoy assures Kenya of free and fair polls despite rigging claims

Her remarks comes weeks after Ruto claimed there were attempts to rig the election.

In Summary

•During the presentation at State House, Whitman pledged to use her experience to increase bilateral trade and investment ties between the two countries, noting that Kenya is a dynamic economic engine and technology leader in East Africa. 

Incoming US Ambassador to Kenya Margaret Whitman with President Uhuru Kenyatta at State House./PSCU
Incoming US Ambassador to Kenya Margaret Whitman with President Uhuru Kenyatta at State House./PSCU

Incoming US Ambassador to Kenya Margaret Whitman has expressed confidence that the August 9th general elections will be free and fair.

Speaking when she presented her credentials to President Uhuru Kenyatta, Whitman said Kenya will also have a peaceful transition.

“…I have no doubt Kenya will showcase for the world what free and fair election looks like and how peaceful transitions work,” the new Ambassador to Kenya said.

Her remarks come weeks after DP William Ruto claimed there were attempts to rig the election.

Ruto alleged that nearly a million voters, mainly from his strongholds, have been irregularly removed from the voters' register.

However, Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission chairman Wafula Chebukati dismissed the claims, saying "data of all voters is intact.”

Azimio presidential candidate Raila Odinga also asked the Commission to ensure that country holds free and fair elections.

Raila sensationally claimed- without providing evidence- that some counties have experienced unexplained one million increases in their voters in the register.

During the presentation at State House, Whitman pledged to use her experience to increase bilateral trade and investment ties between the two countries, noting that Kenya is a dynamic economic engine and technology leader in East Africa.

“Before I left Washington, President Biden reminded me that one quarter of the world’s population will reside in Africa by 2050. Pointing to Kenya’s leadership on the continent and beyond, President Biden asked me to use every tool at my disposal to deepen ties between our great nations,” she said.

Uhuru also received credentials from incoming ambassadors Sebastian Groth of Germany, Kamal Gubara Mohamed of the Sudan and Bacha Debele Buta of Ethiopia.

The new German Ambassador to Kenya said his country has been a close and committed partner of Kenya for decades and he is determined to develop that cooperation further.

On their part, the new Ethiopian and Sudanese Ambassadors pledged to work hard to ensure they succeed in enhancing the robust multifaceted diplomatic relations between Kenya and their respective countries.

Receiving the credentials from the new envoys, Uhuru assured them of his support as they embark on their tour of duty in the country.

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