US President Barrack Obama. PHOTO/COURTESY
By ABDULHAKIM SHERMAN
As Kenyans celebrated the 53rd Jamhuri Day, US President Barrack Obama sent a special message to President Uhuru Kenyatta and the people of Kenya.
The message which was released by Secretary of State John Kerry says the US is going to continue supporting Kenya’s ongoing effort to build a prosperous and democratic society that allows all of Kenya’s people to flourish.
“On behalf of President Obama and the American people, I send our best wishes to the people of Kenya as you celebrate 53 years of independence on December 12. As you mark the establishment of Kenya as a Republic, let us also celebrate the strong partnership between our two nations,” the message said.
The message also praises and congratulate Kenyans “for a year filled with peace and prosperity”.
It concluded: “The United States will continue to support Kenya’s ongoing effort to build a prosperous and democratic society that allows all of Kenya’s people to flourish. Congratulations on this special day, and best wishes for a year filled with peace and prosperity.”
And while addressing the nation at Nyayo Stadium, President Kenyatta urged Kenyans to maintain peace and remain united ahead of the 2017 elections.
President Uhuru Kenyatta at Nyayo Stadium during celebrations to mark 53 years of independence. PHOTO/PSCU
The head of state fired a warning shot to foreign countries he said were planning to influence the outcome of the polls by funding shadowy projects.
“There is already money coming into Kenya from abroad in the guise of supporting good governance or civic education. However, its true intention is to influence our electoral choices,” he said.
He said Kenyans will not shed blood again because of elections like it happened in 2007, adding that Jubilee will challenge the outcome in court if it is not satisfied with the electoral process.
The Head of State also took a swipe at the International Criminal Court, accusing it of lacking impartiality.
“We have started to see many more nations openly recognizing that the ICC is not impartial. Some have withdrawn. Others have considered that step. Twice, our Parliament has passed motions to withdraw,” he said.
“We have sought the changes that will align the ICC to respect for national sovereignty. Those changes have not been forthcoming. We will therefore need to give serious thought to our membership.”