US ambassador rejects pres.Kenyatta’s claims on 2017 elections

US ambassador rejects pres.Kenyatta’s claims on 2017 elections

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Nairobi,KENYA:The United States of America USA has firmly rejected the recent unfounded allegations against the Kenya Electoral Assistance Program (KEAP) and its implementing partners.

US Ambassador to Kenya Robert Godec, in a press statement, said that his country is committed to helping Kenya to hold free, fair, credible, and peaceful elections in 2017.

“We want to provide non-partisan technical assistance to government institutions and civil society. We do this because effective democracies depend not just on government institutions, but on non-governmental institutions as well. A free media and independent civil society both have critical roles to play in democracies,” he remarked.

“USAID provides elections assistance under our Development Assistance Grant Agreement with the Government of Kenya, which allows for the issuance of work permits for implementing partner staff. We are disappointed by the attempt to discredit US efforts to assist Kenyans in the conduct of free, fair, peaceful, and credible elections in 2017,” Mr. Godec continued.

He added that the Government of Kenya and the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), adhered strictly to Kenyan law, requested the assistance.

During his September tour in Kenya US Secretary of State John Kerry had pledged $ 25 million to assist in conducting the 2017 polls.

“We support a credible non-violent credible electoral process. We will assist Kenyans as they strive to achieve that goal. Kenya has come a long way since the elections of 2007. It is the task of leaders to ensure that the violence that took place in the aftermath of that election is never repeated,” Secretary Kerry warned.