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US ambassador meets Uhuru, pens Swahili message to Kenyans

Sheppernard N. Mosomi
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Incoming US ambassador Kyle McCarter with President Uhuru Kenyatta. [Source/Twitter/PSCU]

Incoming Washington DC ambassador to Nairobi Kyle McCarter on Tuesday submitted his credentials to President Uhuru Kenyatta on Tuesday at State House, Nairobi.

Mr McCarter is taking over from Robert Godec who five years tenure ended early this year. The new envoy becomes the first appointment by President Donald Trump to Kenya since taking over in 2017.

State House said five more other envoys handed their credentials to the president. Usually, credentials are presented as a formality since vetting is done by their native countries.

"President @UKenyatta today received Letters of Credence from incoming Ambassadors and High Commissioner, from 6 countries. The envoys, both resident and non-resident, presented their credentials to the President at State House, Nairobi. The incoming envoys that presented their credentials to President @UKenyatta are from Botswana, United States of America, Chile, Ethiopia, Korea and Iceland," State House reported

"Just presented credentials to his Excellency President Uhuru Kenyatta. Officially in place and ready to work side by side. Tutafanya kazi pamoja," McCarter wrote on his Twitter, urging Kenyans to work closely with him.

Mr Godec, whose tenure saw him being at loggerheads with opposition chief Raila Odinga over his decision to endorse President Uhuru Kenyatta, was appointed by former US president Barack Obama. 

He had a privilege of being the first envoy to usher in a sitting US president to Kenya in 2015 when Barack Obama visited. He would later usher in Obama last year when he visited as a private citizen.

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