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Kenyan Govt Response to Obama Visit and His Speaches Given in Kenya

Kenyan Govt Response to Obama Visit and His Speaches Given in Kenya

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Kenyan Govt Response to Obama Visit and His Speaches Given in Kenya 2006
Kenyan Govt Response to Obama Visit and His Speaches Given in Kenya 2006

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Published by: patriotlinda on Jan 01, 2009
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http://www.communication.go.ke/media.asp?id=284RESPONSE TO AMERICAN SENATOR BARACK OBAMA’S POORLY INFORMEDCOMMENTS ABOUT TERRORISM, WANTED GENOCIDE CRIMINALS ANDGOVERNANCE IN KENYA Senator Barack Obama indicated that he was visiting Africa to help nurture relations between thecontinent and the United States. His mission, therefore, was warmly welcomed by theGovernment and the people of Kenya. The fact that he has roots in Kenya endeared him to the people of this country.However, during his public address at the University of Nairobi, Senator Obama made extremelydisturbing statements on issues which it is clear, he was very poorly informed, and on which hechose to lecture the Government and the people of Kenya on how to manage our country.We would like to make the following facts clear:a) Kenya is no less vulnerable to terrorism than the United States or any other country. Kenyahas in the past suffered incidents of terrorism because of our friendship with the United Statesand not because as a people, we are less efficient in the management of our security. Indeed, hisown country and other countries with higher levels of development, have had more incidences of terrorism despite their sophisticated security systems. Therefore, blaming terrorist attacks inKenya on possible corruption is highly misplaced and insincere. Using his logic, then, it followsthat the terrorist attacks in the United States and other countries are as a result of corrupt border and customs police in his own country and other countries which have experienced incidents of terrorism. b) The allegation that wanted Rwandese genocide fugitive Felicen Kabuga may have purchasedsafe haven in Kenya is an insult to the people of this country and negates the fact that Kenya,Rwanda and the United Nations have an excellent track record in collaboration in the search andapprehending of Rwandese suspects. This country has turned over to the United NationsCriminal Tribunal for Rwanda the highest number of genocidal suspects for trial. For that reasonalso, this country cannot be a safe haven for any genocide suspect and especially Kabuga. If itwas an issue of corruption money, as Senator Obama states, then the bounty of US$5 million(Kshs 365 million) being offered by the United States for the apprehension of Kabuga, would beirresistible to the alleged corrupt police. If anybody knows where Kabuga is, this Governmentwould like to know so that we can apprehend him immediately and hand him over to the tribunal.c) Senator Obama enjoyed the vibrant freedom of expression and wide democratic space existingin this country, during his tour. Instead of acknowledging this big leap in this country, he chose todwell on none issues as far as the governance of this country is concerned. He ignored the factthat strengthening of democracy and institutions of Governance has been the strongest thrust of this Government. Today, every Kenyan can openly talk about and address issues of corruptionwithout fear and associate himself or herself to any political party he or she chooses. Bolddecisions have made to bring down the rate of corruption with great success. For example, thesuccess in our fighting corruption is evidenced by the fact that Kenya is one of the best performing countries in Africa in the collection of public revenue and the economy has had aturn-around from near zero percent (0%), three years ago, to about six percent (6%) economic

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