Days after National Super Alliance (Nasa) leaders urged President Trump's administration to recall American Ambassador to Kenya Robert Godec, the US government has expressed its confidence in the envoy.
Responding to Daily Nation's query on calls by Kenyan opposition to have Godec fired, Amanda Jacobsen, spokesperson for the State Department's Bureau of Africa Affairs, said Ambassador Godec “has our full confidence and support”.
On Monday, Nasa leaders led by Ugunja MP Opiyo Wandayi claimed that Kenyans had lost confidence with the US diplomat and accused him of going to bed with Jubilee administration.
“He has not been objective as required in representing Kenya’s views to his country. His views have been highly skewed and partisan. He is doing diplomacy for a few.”
“His pretentious brokering for dialogue could not be taken seriously. He lost the moral authority to be a neutral arbiter.”
While urging Trump's administration to recall him, the leaders threatened to petition US Senate over Godec's “profound vendetta” against Nasa leader Raila Odinga.
“If President Trump fails to act on our demand, we may be forced to petition the US Senate to take action against this ambassador who has turned rogue,” said Wandayi.
“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 added.
The MP further said: “"Mr Godec's continued stay in the country is injurious to the long-term relationship between the people of Kenya and the US.”
Wandayi further alleged that Godec misled the US government on Raila's swearing-in ceremony and the political situation in the country. The US last week criticised the opposition oath move, terming it unconstitutional.
“The feeling we have is that the administration has not been given the true account of the situation in Kenya right from the campaign period to elections and beyond. The statements they are issuing could be based on misinformation,” he said.