Lamu, KENYA: The American government has released sh. 1.5 billion to the national government of Kenya in its efforts to fund and lend a hand in the war on terror.
The US ambassador to Kenya Robert Godec said the American government was also partnering with affected counties like Lamu, in a move aimed at bringing insecurity and terrorism to an end.
Speaking during the commissioning of the Lamu-American space,a library sponsored by the American government at the Mwana Arafa hotel in Lamu island,Godec lauded efforts made by the Kenyan government in restoring security, peace and calm in Lamu and in the whole nation at large.
Godec who is also in Lamu to attend the ongoing Lamu Cultural Festival which kicked off on Thursday, said he had experienced utmost calm and peace for the two days he has been in the county.
He said the American government would lend all the necessary help in matter security, education and any other sector.
He also said the US government had also donated USD 10,000 towards this year’s Lamu cultural fete.
“I am humbled to be in Lamu for the cultural festival. The event is not only aiding the economy of this region but also brings about unity of the Lamu people, Kenyans and the entire world. I have also enjoyed the security in Lamu. This brings out the efforts that the Kenyan government is really working hard on matters security. We shall continue partnering with the Kenyan government in ensuring Lamu and the whole nation is well secured,” said Mr Godec.
Lamu governor Issa Timamy acknowledged the existence of a cordial relationship between the American government and Kenya and said Lamu county had greatly benefited from it by receiving support on security, education and cultural matters.
Mr Timamy also lauded the French Embassy for lifting the travel advisory, saying the move had greatly boosted confidence of visitors and even the residents themselves.
He said as a result of the lifting of the French travel advisories early this year. This year’s cultural festival had recorded increased number of guests both local and foreign.
The Lamu Cultural Festival is an annual event which is celebrated to showcase the rich culture and heritage of Lamu’s Swahili people that has captivated the world for centuries.