By Calvin Osiemo
President of the United States of America Barrack Obama has assured President Uhuru Kenyatta that he will visit Kenya in July as earlier planned. This assurance comes in the wake of the Garissa massacre that left 147 people dead and scores injured. The one day siege at the University led to its closure a move that has been termed as unfortunate. Addressing the Press, Garissa County Governor Nadhif Jama said the institution presented a new future for the country.
“That is very unfortunate, we never expected this to happen, we are now going back to the drawing board,” the Governor said while releasing the last batch of students to reunite with their families and loved ones.
A summarized statement from the White House indicates that President Obama is looking forward to meeting his Kenyan counterpart come July. Obama went ahead to reaffirm America’s enormous support to Kenya in the fight against terrorism.
“We will stand hand-in-hand with the Kenyan government and her people against the scourge of terrorism and in their efforts to bring communities together,” said Obama.
White House Press Secretary Joshua Ryan Henry said that the U.S will help Kenya take on the Al-Shabaab militants. In a Phone conversation, it indicated that ways to strengthen counter-terrorism cooperation will be in the agenda during the forthcoming meeting.
“Kenyan people should know that they have an unwavering friend and ally in the United States of America. I know that Kenyans will grieve over the lives taken away in Garissa but their determination to achieve a more secure future will not be deterred. This is much clear: the future of Kenya will not be defined by violence and terror. It will be shaped by young people like those at Garissa University College-by their talents, their hopes, and their achievements,” said President Obama
President Obama’s visit to Kenya is expected to strengthen the political and diplomatic ties between the two nations that have weakened in recent years.