Idaho’s Republican Senator Jim Risch, a senior member of the Foreign Relations Committee, said Wednesday the meeting should focus on the endemic problems of Kenya as well as security concerns in neighboring Ethiopia.
Risch said that Kenya should be supported as a strategic partner in East Africa in order to improve regional security, especially in the fight against terrorism.
” However, I remain concerned about the pervasive corruption in the government, the ongoing incidents of intermunicipal violence in several parts of the country and the increasing indebtedness to China, “he said.
” Kenya is also preparing for a controversial election with a potentially violent ethnic dimension in 2022. “
President Biden is expected to become President Kenyatta at the White House on D. Thursday, the first meeting of the US leader with an African head of state since he came to power in January of this year.
Jen Psaki, White House press secretary, said the US leader will host the Kenyan counterpart in the White House in Washington to discuss issues related to bilateral relations.
” The heads of state and government will discuss the strong bilateral relationship between the US and Kenya and the need for transparency and accountability on national and international financial systems, “she said in a statement.
“They will also discuss efforts to defend democracy and human rights, promote peace and security, and accelerate economic growth and combat climate change.”
The meeting fen takes place while Kenya chairs the UN Security Council in October. But it also comes because Kenya is facing violence in Laikipia, which the police say is fueled by bandits. Kenya is also preparing for a parliamentary election next year, although the security situation remains uncertain after the vote. The two previous parliamentary elections were followed by sporadic incidents of violence.
Kenya, which is now heavily indebted to China, also scores poorly in Transparency International’s corruption perception index. In the run-up to the meeting, President Kenyatta’s family was also focused on hiding cash abroad.
Name not there
On Tuesday, however, on the sidelines of the UN Security Council meeting, President Kenyatta announced that the revelations did not specifically mention his name or imply a criminal motive.
” Mine First and foremost, the name is not there, “he said after the council meeting in New York on Tuesday.
” And secondly, no illegality or misconduct on my part was mentioned, ” he added, promising again to provide a “comprehensive” response later this week.
The US has also pressured Ethiopia to enter into dialogue with the Tigray People’s Liberation Front, a former ruling party now banned in Ethiopia, foreign ministers announced on Wednesday ter Antony Blinken requested further humanitarian aid worth US $ 26 million for Tigray, but urged Ethiopia to allow independent investigations into the atrocities committed by both sides.
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Kenya, member of the Security Council by December next year, said Ethiopia needed encouragement and not sanctions to get the parties to lay down arms, open humanitarian corridors and discuss the future.
However, Addis Ababa has launched another air offensive on Tigray, which has worsened the security situation. Biden signed an executive order in September authorizing the imposition of sanctions on those who disturb the peace. The sanctions have not yet been implemented.
“I am watching closely how Kenya uses its position as President of the UN Security Council in October to address the problems related to the crisis in Ethiopia, ”said Risch.
” The Biden government should focus on these issues this week in talks with President Kenyatta and other high-ranking Kenyan officials. “< / p>