Getting Stronger and Better
fire declarations have been breached even before the ink dries on the documents signed.
More significantly, Kenya’s diplomacy is now trade-driven with Nairobi eyeing opportunities in the United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Kuwait. Kenya’s strong ties with China were enhanced and Beijing is undertaking huge infrastructure projects such as the Lamu Port-South Sudan-Ethiopia Transport project (LAPSSET), developments at the Port of Mombasa and the Standard Gauge railway line.
Earlier reservations that the country’s traditionally close ties with the West would be dented by the cases facing President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Deputy William Ruto at the International Criminal Court have proved false.
As the case against Kenyatta wobbled, Western government somewhat softened their stand. US President Barack Obama pointedly stated that he was impressed by the Kenyan leader’s energy in galvanising the continent against the ICC. The case against Kenyatta has since been dropped by the prosecution for lack of sufficient evidence, though the case against Ruto and radio journalist Joshua Sang were proceeding as went to press.