By Eric W. Kneedler, Chargé d’Affaires, a.i., Embassy of the United States of America

5 May 2022

As Kenya recently conducted political party nominations, I was reminded of the great power and responsibility people fortunate to live in democracies wield. It is the power to determine the destiny of a nation and the responsibility to do so peacefully through the ballot box. Having spent over four years in this beautiful country, I know Kenya’s future is limitless and anchored in a commitment to freedom, democracy, and respect for the rule of law. I have witnessed Kenya live up to that commitment as it serves on the UN Security Council and promotes peace in the region and around the world. I have also seen this commitment in action during President Biden’s Summit for Democracy, where Kenya pledged to fight against authoritarianism and corruption and to defend the individual freedoms our democracies seek to protect.