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BY NAMULONGO PETER,NAIROBI,16TH FEB 2018-United states ambassador to Kenya Robert Godec’s residence was the venue of confrontations between NASA supporters and the police on Friday with the later asking for removal of the ambassador.Protesters waved placards with messages calling upon the United States envoy to respect NASA leader Raila Odinga.
The angry youth also set American flags on fire near the embassy’s entrance.
They said Godec’s time as an envoy had elapsed and thus should leave the country.The protesters who chanted anti-Godec slogans condemning the ambassador’s recent call to Raila to recognise Uhuru Kenyatta’s presidency.
Last week, the ambassador, with 10 other envoys, asked the NASA brigade to recognise Uhuru’s legitimacy before any dialogue can take place.
Godec said the national conversation should move on to challenges facing Kenya and not the 2017 election politics.
“The election is finished and it is time the country moved forward by strengthening economic growth and development,” he said.
Raila, who has dismissed the call, is laying claim to the presidency arguing that he was rigged out.
Following in his footsteps in condemning Godec, the NRM youth told envoys to stop meddling with Kenya’s politics.
“Godec is a US citizen and he cannot purport to know our political dynamics better than we do,” Evans Ochieng’, a protester, said.
“He has no basis to determine how our leaders are supposed to conduct their politics.”
Ochieng said for America to be viewed as an impartial player in the Kenyan democratic space, Godec “must publicly apologise to Kenyans and the ‘peoples president’ Raila Odinga.”
“We have seen various ambassadors in this country and during their tenure they have never meddled in our civic and political processes. Just like our ambassadors in their countries respect their political space so should they,” Kennedy Nyangine said.
The protests came barely a day after NASA MPs accused Godec of cutting deals with Jubilee in exchange for political support.
They cited a stalled “overpriced” aircraft deal and the multi-billion-shilling Mombasa-Nairobi road project as some of the projects Godec had expressed interest in.
But Godec has since refuted the claims describing them as mere allegations.
“There is no basis for those claims,” he said, adding the comments by the diplomatic community asking NASA to recognise Uhuru as president were balanced and did not favour either the government or the opposition.