President Uhuru Kenyatta Sounds a Warning to American Leaders
The head of state Uhuru Kenyatta addressing world leaders who had a conference at the Atlantic Council summit in Washington DC, USA gave a staunch message to the delegates. The theme being “The Future of The US-Kenya Strategic Partnership”,the president gave a warning to Americans to not vie democracy as he termed as one size fits all. He went ahead and told the Americans that it would be best if they allowed the Africans to express, understand and practice democracy in their own independent ways that fit their political, economic and social structures instead of having western influence in practicing democracy.
“It requires bringing more nuance to how we make judgments about politics, and the resulting interventions countries like the United States should undertake," President Kenyatta told the delegates. He went ahead and shed light on the Building Bridges Initiative terming it a a home grown initiative or forum that was meant for a good course for Kenyans. He said that the report was one that was meant to cure the politics of division that had taken root in Kenya for the last thirty years and that very evident during general elections.
President Kenyatta also spoke of the partnership between US and Africa stating that historical errors should not have a replica,and that the partnership ought to focus on exploiting the business opportunities present and available for the economic growth of all parties involved in the partnership."We must begin to look at Africa as the world's biggest opportunity if you can dare look at it with a fresh eye and a sense of history. And Kenya is a key country in converting that opportunity into mutual gain,”Kenyatta noted
He also insisted on having a strong US-Africa partnership and blowing horn for the African leadership saying it was only focused on bringing economic growth to the African countries not other mere interests.“I have noticed in the conversation in Western countries and their counterparts in Asia and the Middle East a return to competition over Africa. In some cases, weaponizing divisions, pursuing proxy actions, and behaving like Africa is for the taking. It is not,” President Kenyatta sounded a warning.