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

Speaking at the presentation of credentials to President Uhuru Kenyatta, Ambassador Whitman said Kenya will also have a peaceful transition.

“…I have no doubt that Kenya will demonstrate to the world what free and fair elections look like and what a peaceful transition looks like,” said the new ambassador to Kenya.

Ambassador Whitman pledged to use her expertise to expand 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 live in Africa by 2050. Pointing to Kenya’s leadership on the continent and beyond, President Biden asked me to use every means at my disposal to deepen the ties between our great nations,” she said.

During a brief ceremony at State House in Nairobi, President Kenyatta also received letters of credence from the new ambassadors of Germany, Sebastian Groth, Kamal Gubara Mohammed of Sudan and Bacha Debele Buta of Ethiopia.

Germany’s new ambassador to Kenya said his country has been a close and loyal partner of Kenya for decades and he is determined to develop this cooperation further.

On their part, the new ambassadors of Ethiopia and Sudan pledged to work hard to ensure success in strengthening strong multifaceted diplomatic relations between Kenya and their countries.

Acceptance of credentials from President Kenyatta’s new envoys
assured them of his support as they begin their service to the country.

In a separate event at the State House in Nairobi, President Kenyatta presented title deeds to five East African countries that were allocated land in the Naivasha Special Economic Zone. The five countries were Burundi, Rwanda, DR Congo, Uganda and South Sudan.

Secretary of the Cabinet of Ministers of Foreign Affairs Amb. Raychelle Omamo and Principal Secretary Amb. Machary Kamau among others.

Distributed by APO Group on behalf of the President of the Republic of Kenya.

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