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Godec responds after President Trump replaced him

Godec has been in the recent past accused of 'favouring Jubilee.'

Mr Godec in a statement to the press, said that one of his great privileges has been serving in Kenya as the U.S. envoy, which he says has helped him to deepen the "special partnership between the United States and Kenya."

“After more than five years in the position, I welcome President Donald J. Trump’s nomination of Illinois State Senator Kyle McCarter to be the next U.S. Ambassador to Kenya.

“While the U.S. Senate considers Senator McCarter’s nomination, the U.S. Embassy team and I will continue to advance our shared U.S.-Kenyan goals and prepare for a smooth transition,” he said in a notice.

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He tweeted: “I welcome the nomination of Illinois State Senator Kyle McCarter. US & Kenya have woven an extraordinary tapestry of ties. We’ve made progress in health care, education, agriculture, investment, security & more. Kenya holds a special place in my heart.”

He further boasted of the progress his country has made in advancing healthcare in Kenya among other achievements in the country.

“Together, the United States and Kenya have woven an extraordinary tapestry of ties.  During my time here, we have made progress in health care, education, agriculture, trade, investment, security, governance, and many other areas,” he added.

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Opposition pressure

Early this year, Opposition leaders piled pressure on the US ambassador to quit his job citing lack of impartiality.

Led by Ugunja MP Opiyo Wandayi, the legislators said they were about to a draft petition is which would be presented to the relevant committee of the US Senate as a formal protest note over Mr Robert Godec’s behaviour.

“More like-minded MPs and I will petition the US government using the relevant and official channels to raise our concerns over this grave matter,” he said.

“Mr Godec’s continued stay in the country is injurious to the long-term relationship between the people of Kenya and the US,” Mr Wandayi, who is also the secretary for political affairs in ODM, added.

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Though Mr Wandayi noted that Nasa had no issue with President Donald Trump’s administration, he accused Mr Godec of reducing himself as the US envoy to “only a section of Kenya”. He added that the vast majority of Kenyans have no confidence in him.

Replacement

On Thursday, US President Donald Trump announced his intent to nominate Illinois Senator Kyle McCarter as US ambassador to Kenya.

In a statement posted on the White House website, Trump enumerated McCarter’s experience having worked as a field auditor in Lebanon, Illinois and also having an office in Mukothima, Kenya.

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“President Donald J. Trump today announced his intent to nominate the following individuals to key positions in his Administration…. Kyle McCarter of Illinois, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Kenya,” the statement indicated.

“McCarter, an Illinois manufacturer and politician, has been president and owner of Custom Product Innovations, Inc., since 1996, and of Custom Coating Innovations since 2009.”

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