Kenya discusses US envoy’s future

2010-12-13 11:15
Nairobi - Kenya is holding a cabinet meeting Monday to discuss the future of United States Ambassador Michael Ranneberger, a government spokesperson said.

Ranneberger has long been an outspoken critic of the government and in recent times has further enraged Kenya's leaders as he pursues a policy of youth empowerment.

Cables released by WikiLeaks also revealed Ranneberger believes corruption is "rampant" in Kenya and that President Mwai Kibaki and Prime Minister Raila Odinga are part of the problem.

Local media, citing government sources, have claimed a request to have him recalled is imminent.

"There is a cabinet meeting today to discuss him," government spokesperson Alfred Mutua told the German Press Agency dpa. "The concern with Ranneberger has nothing to do with WikiLeaks, it is the activities he has been carrying out, it is the youth meetings."

Ranneberger has been crossing the country as the US throws millions of dollars into its plans to empower Kenya's youth.

Mutua said youth attending those meetings told the government Ranneberger was inciting them to revolution, asking them to "remove the old guard" and "take to the streets."

The cabinet is expected to reach a decision on Ranneberger's future at the meeting, Mutua said.

Both Odinga and Kibaki, whose coalition government was formed in the wake of December 2007's deadly post-election violence, blasted Ranneberger on Sunday during Jamhuri Day - the annual holiday celebrating Kenya's establishment as a republic one year after independence from Britain in 1964.

Although neither man named Ranneberger directly, their angry attacks were clearly directed at the US envoy.

Odinga referred to somebody going around acting as if he were "governor", while Kibaki said Kenya would not be intimidated by people who give their money in an attempt to "corrupt our youth and destabilise our country".

Read more on:    us  |  mwai kibaki  |  raila odinga  |  kenya  |  east africa

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24


Prince George the green prince?

Prince Charles hopes his grandson's love of the outdoors will become a passion for the environment.



One man's $1 million vision for an eco Africa
China's air pollution at doomsday levels
Keep food fresher for longer
Hurricanes, earthquakes and floods – What climate change really means for us

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly


The full moon energy can be quite intense today as your emotions fight against reason. It is important to ground your ideas more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.