NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
A section of Kenyan
opposition supporters on Friday held a peaceful demonstration
outside the U.S. embassy in Nairobi, demanding the resignation
of Ambassador Robert Godec.
About 50 supporters who set on fire American flag outside the
embassy called for the resignation of Godec who has been in
Kenya since 2013, saying the envoy stayed in the country beyond
his time and thus should leave the country.
The protesters accused the American envoy for being
"partisan" in the country’s pursuit for electoral justice.
The protesters who waved banners and placards which read
"Godec Must Go; Respect Raila Odinga" called on foreign envoys
to stop meddling in Kenya’s politics.
"Godec is a U.S. citizen and he cannot purport to know our
political dynamics better than we do.
"He can’t determine how our leaders are supposed to conduct
their politics," shouted one of the protesters.
The protesters criticized Western envoys who issued a joint
statement on Sunday, asking Odinga to recognize the election of
President Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy President William Ruto as
The demonstrators demanded that the U.S. envoy publicly
apologize to Kenyans and Odinga for Washington to be viewed as
an impartial player in the Kenyan democratic space.
The Friday’s protests came after 11 Western diplomats
including Godec on Sunday called on Odinga to recognize Kenyatta
as the president to allow the country to regain its normalcy and
improve its economy.
"The Opposition needs to accept this as the basis for the
dialogue that it and many Kenyans want.
"Stoking and threatening violence are not acceptable, nor are
extra-constitutional measures to seize power," the envoys said.
However, the opposition leaders including lawmakers have
warned Western envoys to keep off Kenya’s political affairs,
noting that the envoys push was motivated by commercial
Odinga accused the envoys of being selfish and asked them to
leave Kenyans alone.
"Their only interest is to do business at the behest of their
"They are not interested in our democracy," said Odinga, who
last month took the oath of office as the "people’s president".
He told the diplomats that Kenyans were capable of solving
their problems internally, accusing the envoys of serving
self-interests after they endorsed the August 8, 2017
presidential election and the repeat October voting in which