Get­ting Stronger and Bet­ter

Diplomat East Africa - - Table of Contents -

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.

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