Ambassador Godec’s July 4th Op-Ed

On July 4th, the United States celebrates the visionary courage of its Founders who rejected tyranny and declared the 13 colonies they represented to be free.  We honor their Declaration of Independence and its affirmation that we are all created equal with certain unalienable rights including life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.   Our ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Godec at American Independence Day Reception

Remarks by Ambassador Robert F. Godec American Independence Day Reception July 3, 2018     Principal Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Macharia Kamau; Waheshimiwa, mabibi na mabwana, hamjambo! Hamjambo tena! Habari zenu? Mambo vipi?  Poa, poa, bila shaka! Karibuni sana na asanteni sana kwa kufika hapa jioni hii. Distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen. Welcome to ...
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Ambassador Godec’s Remarks at Launch of the KENPHIA

Ambassador Godec’s Remarks at Launch of the Kenya Population-based HIV Impact Assessment (KENPHIA) June 05, 2018 Chief Administrative Secretary for the Ministry of Health, Dr. Rashid Aman; other distinguished guests; ladies and gentlemen; mabibi na mabwana; Hamjambo!  Good morning.  Habari zenu? Thank you so much for the invitation to join you here on this important ...
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Joint Statement by the Heads of Mission in Kenya on Corruption

Joint Statement by the Heads of Mission in Kenya On Corruption May 30, 2018 Corruption has long undermined Kenya’s prosperity, security, and democracy.  It is, quite simply, theft from the Kenyan people.  As friends, we welcome the recent action by the Director of Public Prosecutions, working with the Directorate of Criminal Investigations, to charge officials ...
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Ambassador Godec’s Remarks at American Chamber of Commerce Doing Business with the USA Forum

Ambassador Godec’s Remarks at American Chamber of Commerce Doing Business with the USA Forum May 30, 2018 Thank you AmCham CEO Maxwell Okello.  I am very pleased to welcome you today to the American Chamber of Commerce in Kenya’s first-ever “Doing Business with the USA Forum.”  This is a wonderful initiative – providing local and ...
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Ambassador Robert F. Godec Breaks Ground on New U.S. Embassy Annex in Nairobi

For Editors and Correspondents:   Ambassador Robert F. Godec Breaks Ground on New U.S. Embassy Annex in Nairobi   NAIROBI, Kenya (May 17, 2018) — In a demonstration of enduring friendship and the important bilateral partnership, U.S. Ambassador Robert F. Godec broke ground today on the new U.S. Embassy Annex in Nairobi.   The new ...
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Ambassador Robert F. Godec’s Remarks at 2018 Mandela Washington Fellow Pre-Departure Reception

Ambassador Robert F. Godec’s Remarks at 2018 Mandela Washington Fellow Pre-Departure Reception May 9, 2018   Distinguished guests; graduates; ladies and gentlemen; mabibi na mabwana.  Hamjambo!  Habari zenu? Mambo? Thank you for joining us here tonight to celebrate the 2018 Mandela Washington Fellows who are preparing to depart for a life-changing experience in the United ...
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Ambassador Godec asks security forces to safeguard rights of citizens as he launches a Sh650 million public complaint platform funded by the U.S.

Ambassador Godec asks security forces to safeguard rights of citizens as he launches a Sh650 million public complaint platform funded by the U.S. Nairobi, April 30, 2018 – U.S. Ambassador Robert F. Godec has urged security forces to safeguard the rights of citizens and protect life by showing maximum restraint in interactions with the public. “Human rights ...
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Ambassador Godec’s Remarks at SIMElab Launch

Ambassador Godec’s Participation in SIMElab Launch  April 5, 2018, SIMElab, U.S. International University (USIU) Remarks Distinguished guests; Ladies and gentlemen; Hamjambo! Habari zenu? I am happy to celebrate with you today the historic launch of Social Media Lab – or “SIMElab” – Africa.  SIMElab is the first academic institution designed specifically to study social media ...
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Ambassador Godec’s Remarks at the Generation Kenya Graduation

Ambassador Godec’s Remarks at the Generation Kenya Graduation February 23, 2018, at 9:00 am, KICC   Nairobi County Senator, Johnson Sakaja; Dr. Kipkirui Langat, Director of the Technical and Vocational Education and Training Authority; Kartik Jayram, McKinsey & Company Director for Kenya, and the McKinsey team; Other distinguished guests; Mabibi na Mabwana! Vijana! Hamjambo! Habari ...
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Kenya’s Democracy is at a Crossroads

Kenya is special. As diplomats living here, we see and admire daily the determination and creativity of the Kenyan people; the energy and innovation of Kenyan business; and the inspiring democratic journey that Kenya has made since independence. These and Kenya’s many other achievements have made it a hub for the region and indeed for ...
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Ambassador Godec’s Remarks at Kenya Airways’ Announcement on U.S. Direct Flights

Ambassador Godec’s Remarks at Kenya Airways’ Announcement on U.S. Direct Flights January 11, 2018   Cabinet Secretary for Transport James Macharia; Kenya Airways Chairman Michael Joseph; Kenya Airways CEO Sebastian Mikosz; Distinguished guests; Mabibi na mabwana! Hamjambo! Habari za joini?   Allow me to begin by wishing everyone a very prosperous and happy 2018. As ...
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Ambassador’s Speech at USAID-KAVES Close-out Ceremony

Ambassador’s Speech Kenya Agricultural Value Chain Enterprises Project Close-out Ceremony December 13, 2017   Honorable CS of Agriculture, Livestock, and Fisheries, Willy Bett; Chairperson, Agriculture Committee in the Council of Governors, H.E. Hon. Okoth Obado; Development partners; Ladies and gentlemen;   Mabibi na Mabwana! Hamjambo! Habari Zenu?   I am proud to be standing here, ...
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Remarks for Ambassador Robert F. Godec World AIDS Day National Event Nairobi City Stadium

Your Excellency, First Lady Margaret Kenyatta; Deputy Nairobi Governor, Hon. Jonathan Mueke; Other distinguished guests, Ladies and Gentlemen, Waheshima, Mabibi na mabwana, Hamjambo. Habari zenu? Mambo vipi! Good morning.  It is an honor to be here with you today as we commemorate World AIDS Day 2015.  On this day, I ask you to imagine a ...
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Remarks for Ambassador Robert F. Godec World AIDS Day National Event

Nairobi City Stadium Your Excellency, First Lady Margaret Kenyatta; Deputy Nairobi Governor, Hon. Jonathan Mueke; Other distinguished guests, Ladies and Gentlemen, Waheshima, Mabibi na mabwana, Hamjambo. Habari zenu? Mambo vipi! Good morning.  It is an honor to be here with you today as we commemorate World AIDS Day 2015.  On this day, I ask you ...
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Heads of Mission Meeting with the Kenyan Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission

International partners and Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) officials met today to discuss preparations for the 2017 general elections and to review current donor support for the IEBC Secretariat. We reaffirmed together our commitment to free, fair, peaceful and transparent elections and discussed the steps the IEBC is taking to strengthen its capacity and ...
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Second High-Level Steering Committee Meeting of the White House’s Security Governance Initiative

The Governments of Kenya and the United States of America held the second high-level steering committee meeting of the White House’s Security Governance Initiative (SGI) on November 11 at Harambee House in Nairobi. SGI is an initiative of President Barack Obama to enhance the governance of security and justice institutions, foster interagency collaboration, and strengthen ...
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Heads of Missions Joint Statement on Corruption

As strong and committed international partners of Kenya, we share the concern of Kenyans at the ongoing problem of corruption. We agree with President Kenyatta that corruption threatens the country’s economic growth, the provision of government services, and security. It deters investment and costs jobs. Corruption is undermining Kenya’s future. Today, we met with officials ...
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Remarks for Ambassador Robert F. Godec: Launch of KEMSA Medical Commodities Program

Principal Secretary Khadija Kasachoon, Dr. John Munyu, KEMSA CEO, Distinguished guests. Waheshima, Mabibi na mabwana, Hamjambo. Habari zenu? Principal Secretary, colleagues, it is a pleasure and an honor to be with you today to launch our groundbreaking new partnership, the USAID-KEMSA Medical Commodities Program.  This program is funded by the American people through the U.S. ...
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Remarks by U.S. Ambassador to Kenya Robert F. Godec for Kenya Red Cross Nairobi Gala

  Distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen, waheshima, mabibi na mabwana, Hamjambo! Habari zenu? Mambo! It’s great to be here to join you in celebrating the Kenya Red Cross in Nairobi and its spirit of volunteerism and commitment to public service. During half a century of volunteering, the Kenya Red Cross has helped people in Nairobi ...
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Remarks prepared for Ambassador Robert F. Godec Launch of Mass-Mosquito Net Distribution Campaign Lurambi Sub-County, Kakamega County (as prepared)

Governor Oparanya, Ladies and gentlemen, other distinguished guests, Mabibi na mabwana, Waheshimiwa, Hamjambo! Habari zenu? I am honored to be here in Kakamega as we begin our mass distribution of 3.8 million insecticide-treated Mosquito nets. Overall, we are distributing over 5 million nets to families in Kakamega, Busia, Bungoma, Nyamira, and Kisii. The U.S. Government ...
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U.S. Ambassador to Kenya Robert F. Godec Remarks for FilmAid 9th Annual Film Festival

Distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen, mabibi na mabwana. Hamjambo! Habari zenu? Thank you for inviting me to be here with you to celebrate FilmAid’s 9th Annual Film Festival.  Thank you to FilmAid for hosting this incredible event and to UNHCR for their continued support.  But most of all, thank you to all of the amazing ...
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U.S. Ambassador to Kenya Robert F. Godec Promotes Peace through Sports – Laikipia Highland Games

U.S. Ambassador to Kenya Robert F. Godec attended the  8th annual Laikipia Highlands Games on September 19, celebrating the event’s goal of promoting peace through sports. The Laikipia Highland Games were created by the Gallmann Memorial Foundation in response to Kenya’s post-election violence of 2007-2008. Every year, various tribes including Pokot, Samburu, Kikuyu, Kalenjin, come ...
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Press Release: U.S. Businesses in Africa

More than 100 U.S. companies are in South Africa this week as part of the largest U.S. government-led trade mission to Africa in history. After visiting South Africa many of the U.S. companies will continue on in smaller groups to other countries across the continent. Seven of the most prominent are expected to visit Kenya. ...
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Remarks by Ambassador to Kenya Robert F. Godec for Global Fund Kenya Grants Signing Ceremony

National Treasury Cabinet Secretary Rotich, Ministry of Health Cabinet Secretary Macharia, National Treasury Principal Secretary Thugge, Ministry of Health Principal Secretary Dr. Kassachoon, Distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen Waheshima, mabibi na mabwana, Hamjambo! Habari zenu? I am honored to join you today to celebrate the signing of seven new grant agreements of the Global Fund ...
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Will Kenya End Female Genital Mutilation?

Every year, Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) scars thousands of young women and girls in Kenya physically and emotionally, for life. As President Barack Obama said during his recent visit to Kenya, “There’s no reason that young girls should suffer genital mutilation…” This tradition has “no place in the 21st century.” The practice consists of cutting ...
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Ambassador Godec Remarks National Climate Change Finance Policy and Budget Codes Workshop

Distinguished guests, Mabibi na mabwana, Hamjambo! Habari zenu? I am pleased to join you on this important occasion as Kenya holds this workshop to validate its National Policy on Climate Finance and Climate Change Budget Codes. This action by the National Treasury will significantly improve Kenya’s ability to mobilize financing to address climate change and ...
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Remarks by U.S. Ambassador to Kenya Robert F. Godec Launch of Kenya’s National Medically Assisted Therapy Program

Mathari Teaching and Referral Hospital -As Delivered- Cabinet Secretary James Macharia, other distinguished guests. Waheshima, mabibi na mabwana, Hamjambo. Habari zenu? Thank you for the opportunity to join you today at the inauguration of Kenya’s Medically Assisted Therapy treatment program for people who inject drugs.  I applaud the Government of Kenya, the Ministry of Health, ...
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U.S. Ambassador to Kenya Robert F. Godec Visits Amboseli National Park with Kibera School for Girls

Students World Elephant Day and International Youth Day U.S. Ambassador to Kenya Robert F. Godec visited Amboseli National Park with students from Kibera School for Girls and PCEA Imbirikani School on August 12, to celebrate World Elephant Day. Over 100 students attended the festivities that included a safari, the first for many of the girls, ...
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Remarks by U.S. Ambassador to Kenya Robert F. Godec for Opening of the Ministry of Health Buildings

Cabinet Secretary James Macharia, Waziri, Waheshima, Mabibi na mabwana, Ladies and gentlemen, Hamjambo! Habari zenu? Good morning. Thank you for the opportunity to be with you today for this long-anticipated event. The United States has collaborated with Kenya now for over 50 years, since independence, on helping to improve the health and wellbeing of the ...
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Public Health Buildings Unveiling

United States and Kenya Unveil New National Public Health Buildings and Institute The Ministry of Health announces a new National Public Health Institute and showcases a $9M USD investment in laboratory and office buildings by U.S. PEPFAR program Today, U.S. Ambassador to Kenya Robert F. Godec joined Kenyan Health Cabinet Secretary James Macharia in the ...
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U.S. Ambassador to Kenya Robert F. Godec Remarks Opening of Oracle’s Kenya and East Africa Office

Delta Towers, 14th Floor, Westlands -As Delivered- Dr. Fred Matiangi, Cabinet Secretary for the Ministry of Information, Communication, and Technology, all distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen, Washeshimewah, Mabibi na Mabawana, Hamjambo! Habari zenu! Good evening.  I would like to extend a warm welcome to everyone here this evening, and especially to the team from Oracle ...
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U.S. Ambassador to Kenya Robert F. Godec Remarks for Department of Justice Trial Advocacy Training

Ladies and Gentlemen, Hamjambo mabibi na mabwana! Habari zenu? Good morning. I would like to extend a warm welcome to everyone here this morning. This is the ninth year that Lawyers Without Borders and Judge Ann Williams have partnered with the U.S. Department of Justice and the Judicial Training Institute of Kenya. It’s an extraordinary ...
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U.S. Ambassador to Kenya Robert F. Godec – Remarks for Global Entrepreneurial Summit (GES)/POTUS Visit Press Conference

-As prepared- Good afternoon, We are getting close to President Obama’s arrival in Kenya.  His visit will be a truly historic moment for both Kenya and the United States, and underscores the fact that the United States’ partnership with the Kenyan Government and people has never been stronger. When the President arrives later this week, ...
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Groundbreaking Ceremony at Kijani Ridge Housing Complex

U.S. Ambassador to Kenya Robert F. Godec joined Cabinet Secretary of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Amina Mohamed, Governor of Kiambu County William Kabogo and Tatu City leaders and investors on July 11, for a groundbreaking ceremony of the Kijani Ridge Housing Complex. Tatu City is one of Kenya’s largest residential development projects and has ...
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Ambassador Godec Remarks: Iftar Dinner in Mombasa

Good evening. Hamjambo Mabibi na Mabwana, Ladies and Gentlemen, I am honored to join you tonight to celebrate the breaking of the Ramadhan fast.  I would like to thank the Mombasa Muslim Association for assisting in making the arrangements this evening.  You have my gratitude.  Ramadhan is a special time, where friends, family, and communities ...
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U.S. Embassy Nairobi Runs Lewa Marathon

U.S. Ambassador to Kenya Robert F. Godec, along with other members of U.S. Embassy Nairobi, ran the 16th Annual Safaricom Marathon to support the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy on 27 June. Almost 1,500 racers from around the world took part in the marathon. The course includes a full marathon of 42 km and a half marathon ...
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U.S. Ambassador Attends World Refugee Day Celebrations

U.S. Ambassador Robert F. Godec Remarks for World Refugee Day – Kakuma Refugee Camp, Turkana County, Kenya – As Prepared –   His Excellency, Governor Nanok, other distinguished guests, Mabibi na mabwana, hamjambo! Habari zenu! Good afternoon! President Obama once said that “the ordeals refugees survive and the aspirations they hold resonate with us as ...
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American Corner Nakuru Hosts Storymoja Festival

Kenya Library Services Nakuru Branch American Corner (AC) Nakuru together with the Public Affairs Section of U.S. Embassy Nairobi supported the regional Storymoja Festival held in Nakuru May 28-30. The 3-day festival attracted thousands of students, teachers, artists, musicians, publishers and business people. The Storymoja Festival is a platform to showcase, discover and nurture local ...
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Ambassador Godec Remarks at the Launch of the Laikipia University Human Rights Center

Vice Chancellor, Commissioner at the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights, faculty, students! Mabibi na mabwana: Hamjambo!  Habari zenu! Thank you for inviting me here today to dedicate your new Center for Human Rights.  This is a critically important endeavor.  This program, and the university’s requirement that all students take a human rights course, is ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Robert F. Godec at the First CSO Reference Group Annual General Assembly

Chair of the CSO Reference Group, Representatives of NGOs from around Kenya, mabibi na mabwana: Hamjambo!  Habari zenu! I am honored to join you today to speak about the essential role that civil society plays in development and in progress.  This is an exciting moment in Africa.  Africa is rising, most importantly because of Africans ...
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U.S. Ambassador to Kenya Robert F. Godec Remarks Things R Elephant! The Great Debate on The Future Of Elephants

Opening the Third Debate: How Do We Stop the Demand for Ivory?   Good afternoon.  It is a pleasure to join you for the Great Debate on the Future of Elephants.  The first session asked “Are elephants special?”  I wasn’t asked to speak on that question… but there really is no doubt, yes, they are! ...
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Ambassador Robert F. Godec Remarks at the Second Devolution Conference

Excellency, President of the Republic of Kenya, The Honorable Uhuru Kenyatta; Cabinet Secretary for Devolution and Planning Anne Waiguru; County Governors; Representatives of civil society,academia, and the private sector; Mabibi na mabwana: Hamjambo!  Habari za asubuhi? Thank you for the opportunity to join you at this Second Devolution Conference.  And thank you Governor Ranguma for ...
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U.S. Ambassador to Kenya Robert F. Godec Remarks Kenya Wildlife Poaching and Trafficking Stakeholder Workshop

Thank you for inviting me to speak at this workshop, which provides an excellent opportunity for everyone involved in protecting Kenya’s wildlife heritage to express their views. As you know, the United States has been actively engaged in supporting Kenya’s conservation efforts through our collaboration with the Kenya Wildlife Service, civil society, the Ministry of ...
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Announcement of Host University Partners for the 2015 Mandela Washington Fellowship

The U.S. Department of State is pleased to announce the U.S. colleges and universities that have been selected to host the 2015 Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders this summer. The Mandela Washington Fellowship is the flagship program of the President’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI).  The Fellowship empowers young African leaders through academic coursework, leadership training, mentoring, ...
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Joint Statement by U.S. Ambassador Robert F. Godec, British High Commissioner Christian Turner, and Swiss Ambassador Jacques Pitteloud

The High Commissioner of the United Kingdom and the Ambassadors of the United States and Switzerland, on behalf of their respective governments, welcome the recent statements and actions of Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta on the long-standing problem of corruption. The recent steps of the Kenyan government, notably the charges and arrests in the Anglo Leasing ...
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Statement by U.S. Ambassador to Kenya Robert F. Godec

The United States strongly condemns al-Shabaab’s heinous terrorist attack today at Garissa University College, which has resulted in the deaths and injuries of many Kenyans.  We extend our deepest condolences to all who have been affected.  We also offer our profound appreciation and gratitude to the members of the Kenyan security services who are risking ...
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Amb. Godec Remarks Reception to Commemorate Women’s History Month

Hamjambo, mabibi na mabwana.  Mambo!  Habari zenu! Distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen.   Welcome. Tonight, we celebrate phenomenal women in Kenya and around the world. These women come from all walks of life and are exceptional for different reasons.  They are making countless contributions to building a better world, and doing so with wisdom, energy, compassion ...
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Joint Statement by U.S. Ambassador Robert F. Godec, British High Commissioner Christian Turner, and Swiss Ambassador Jacques Pitteloud

The Governments of the United States, the United Kingdom and Switzerland welcome recent actions by the Kenyan Director of Public Prosecutions to combat corruption by ordering prosecutions in Kenya linked to the decade-old Anglo Leasing scandal. These orders and the subsequent arrests were important steps forward by the Government of Kenya in the critical fight ...
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Remarks by U.S. Ambassador to Kenya Robert F. Godec National Elephant Conference

Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Water, and Natural Resources, Professor Judi Wakhungu; Kenya Wildlife Service Director General William Kiprono; Kenya Wildlife Service Deputy Director Patrick Omondi; Distinguished guests. Waheshimiwa, mabibi na mabwana. Hamjambo! Habari zenu? I am honored to join you for the launch of Kenya’s National Elephant Conference. This conference is a critical step ...
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U.S. Ambassador to Kenya Robert F. Godec Launches the Women Corporate Directors Kenya Chapter

Hamjambo! Habari za asubuhi! Good morning. It is an honor to be here with some of Kenya’s most dynamic, distinguished, and accomplished executives! Thank you for the opportunity to join you in launching the Kenya chapter of Women Corporate Directors. This chapter joins a worldwide network of successful businesswomen who promote best practices in corporate ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Godec: Tusome Early Grade Reading Launch

President Uhuru Kenyatta, President of the Republic of Kenya, Prof. Jacob Kaimenyi,  Cabinet Secretary, Education, Science and Technology, Other Cabinet Secretaries, Senators and Members of Parliament, Principal Secretary, Dr. Christian Turner, and all dignitaries present; Ladies and gentlemen. Waheshimiwa, mabibi na mabwana, Hamjambo! Habari zenu? Leo, tupo hapa kuzindoa mupango mupya “Tusome.” Today, we are ...
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JOINT PUBLIC STATEMENT ON THE KENYAN SECURITY LAWS (AMENDMENT) BILL, 2014

Below is a joint Public Statement by the listed Heads of Mission. Over the past two years, Kenya has faced extraordinary security challenges. As international partners and long-time friends, we stand with Kenya in the fight to defeat al-Shabaab and terrorism. In light of al-Shabaab’s attacks and ongoing threats, we welcome the effort by the ...
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The U.S.-Kenya Partnership in the 21st Century By Robert F. Godec, The U.S. Ambassador to Kenya

As Kenya nears its 51st Jamhuri Day, Kenyans have much to celebrate.  In recent years, Kenya has been on the move.  Manufacturing and retail are expanding, and the country has a vibrant telecommunications market.  Kenya is building infrastructure, and more Kenyans have access to education and health care.  Kenyans enjoy the benefits of a progressive ...
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U.S. Ambassador to Kenya Robert F. Godec Remarks at the AmCham Kenya Thanksgiving Ball, Villa Rosa Kempinski

(Minute of silence to remember the victims of the Mandera bus attack.)   Distinguished guests; ladies and gentlemen; good evening. It is a pleasure to join you for the annual American Chamber of Commerce Kenya Thanksgiving Ball. Thanksgiving is, of course, a very special day for all Americans.  Its origins go back to the Plymouth ...
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U.S. Government, UNDP and Ministry of Environment Launch Project to Support Low-Carbon Growth and Climate Adaptation in Kenya

U.S. Ambassador to Kenya Robert F. Godec and United Nations Development Program (UNDP) Resident Representative Nardos Bekele-Thomas joined Kenyan Cabinet Secretary Professor Judi Wakhungu of the Ministry of Environment, Water and Natural Resources on November 21, for the launch of the Ksh 670 million “Enhancing Capacity for Low Emission and Climate Resilient Development” project. The ...
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Remarks by U.S. Ambassador to Kenya Robert F. Godec at the Launch of the Enhancing Capacity for Low Emission and Climate Resilient Development Project

-As Delivered- Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Environment Water and Natural Resources, Professor Judi Wakhungu; UNDP Resident Representative Ms. Nardos Bekele-Thomas; Dr. Richard Lesiyampe; Fellow development partners; Distinguished guests; Waheshimiwa, Mabibi na Mbwana,  Hamjambo! Habari zenu? It is an honor to be here this morning.  Today, the United States and Kenya join hands to reaffirm our ...
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U.S Ambassador to Kenya Robert F. Godec’s Address to Kenyan Members of Parliament On MDG5, Maternal Mortality and Family Planning

Hon. Ekwe Ethuro, Speaker of the Senate; Hon. Jessica Mbalu, Representative for Hon. Justin Muturi; Representatives of the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Devolution and Planning; UNFPA Country Representative, Mr. Siddharth Chatterjee; WHO Representative Ms. Marleen Temmerman; Members of the Senate; Members of the National Assembly; Members of the various House Committees; Invited ...
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U.S. Ambassador to Kenya Robert F. Godec Honors Fallen Members of the Armed Forces for Remembrance Day

U.S. Ambassador to Kenya Robert F. Godec together with Defense Attaché COL John M. Roddy observed Remembrance Day in Kenya on November 9, at the Commonwealth War Graves Cemetary memorial site.  Every year a wreath is placed at the site to mark the sacrifices of Commonwealth service members who paid the ultimate sacrifice in both ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Robert F. Godec Wildlife Direct Reception at the Hemingways Hotel

Jaji Mkuu Willie Mutunga, Waheshimiwa, mabibi na mabwana.  Marafiki wa tembo! Hamjambo!  Habari za jioni? Good evening.  It is a pleasure to be here to join you in celebrating the one-year anniversary of the “Hands Off Our Elephants” Campaign.  As I look around the room, I see so many brilliant scientists, dedicated advocates, and exceptional ...
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U.S. Ambassador to Kenya Robert F. Godec Remarks for K-Sales Official Launch (Livestock Program)

Hamjambo, mabibi na mabwana! Habari zenu? Thank you for the warm welcome.  It is a pleasure to join the Honorable Felix Koskei, Cabinet Secretary for Agriculture and the Chairman and CEO of the Kenya Meat Commission to launch the Kenya Semi-Arid Livestock Enhancement Support program – known as K-Sales – in support of Kenyan livestock ...
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U.S. Ambassador to Kenya Robert F. Godec Catches the Reading Bug at 17th International Bookfair, Sarit Center

U.S. Ambassador to Kenya Robert F. Godec attended the 17th Nairobi –  International Bookfair held at Sarit Center Expo Hall on September 26.  The Bookfair is organized annually by the Kenya Publishers Association.   Events included workshops and seminars on topical issues, children activities, seminars on how to get a book published, book sales and book launches. ...
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The U.S.-Kenya Partnership in the 21st Century Ambassador Robert F. Godec’s Speech at the University of Nairobi

-As Prepared- Hamjambo, mabibi na mabwana!  Habari zenu? Thank you Vice Chancellor Magoha for that introduction, and thank you to everyone for attending.  Asanteni sana. It is wonderful to be here at the University of Nairobi with some of the best and brightest young minds from universities and colleges across Kenya.  I remember well my ...
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Ambassador Robert F. Godec Remarks for Envirofit International and Mama Sarah Obama Foundation Institutional Stove Launch

– As Prepared – Hamjambo, mabibi na mabwana. Habari za mchana! Good afternoon. Since 2009, the Mama Sarah Obama Foundation has worked to build strong households by supporting poverty-stricken families.  Since 2007, Envirofit International has worked to reduce indoor air pollution through economically-sustainable enterprises in emerging markets.  Together, these two organizations have done amazing things in ...
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Statement of U.S. Ambassador to Kenya Robert F. Godec on the Anniversary of the September 21 Terrorist Attack at Westgate Mall, Nairobi, Kenya

Today marks one year since the terrible attack at the Westgate Shopping Mall in which al-Shabaab terrorists killed or wounded nearly 300 innocent people.  I once again express my deepest sympathy to everyone who suffered from this senseless act of violence and I join Kenyans and many others around the world in remembering those who ...
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A Celebration of American and Kenyan Art Remarks by Ambassador Robert F. Godec

Wasanii, wageni waheshimiwa, mabibi na mabwana. Hamjambo! Habari za jioni! Karibuni nyumbani kwetu. Thank you all for coming this evening.  My wife Lori and I are pleased to welcome you to our home and to this celebration of American and Kenyan art. Art is a truly universal form of expression whose magical power transcends cultural ...
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Ambassador Robert F. Godec Remarks for the Launch of the Independent Policing Oversight Authority Strategic Plan

The Honorable Justice Philip Ransley; Inspector General Kimaiyo; Representatives of the Ministry of Interior, National Police Service Commission, and the Office of the Director of Public Prosecution; Macharia Njeru, Chairman of the Independent Policing Oversight Authority; IPOA board members; distinguished guests; ladies and gentlemen. Thank you to the Independent Policing Oversight Authority for inviting me ...
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United States Joins Kenya for Culmination of National Nutrition Week

The U.S. Government Devotes Approximately Ksh 1.4 Billion Yearly to Nutrition Activities in Kenya U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Kenya Mission Director Karen Freeman joined Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary for the Ministry of Health James Macharia on September 5, for the culmination of National Nutrition Week, and to launch the revised national nutrition and HIV guidelines, ...
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Remarks by U.S. Ambassador to Kenya Robert F. Godec Signing Ceremony for Wildlife Grants through The U.S. Department of State Bureau of INL

At the Ministry of Environment, Water and Natural Resources Hamjambo mabibi na mabwana.  Habari zenu. Thank you and good afternoon. Cabinet Secretary Wakhungu; Distinguished guests; Ladies and Gentlemen. It is a pleasure to join you at this signing ceremony that underscores the U.S.-Kenyan partnership to help protect Kenya’s wildlife.  Wildlife conservation is a top priority for ...
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Ambassador Robert F. Godec Remarks at Shining Hope Community Center Ribbon Cutting Ceremony in Mathare

Hamjambo, mabibi na mabwana!  Habari zenu. It is a great pleasure to join everyone here today to celebrate Shining Hope’s expansion into an entirely new community.  That you have done so, and so quickly, is a testament to the help and support of the entire community: from the private sponsors who provided financing to volunteers ...
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The U.S. Department of State Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) Signing Ceremony for Wildlife Grants Agreement

Ministry of Environment, Water and Natural Resources U.S. Ambassador to Kenya Robert F. Godec together with the Ministry of Environment, Water and Natural Resources signed a Wildlife Grant Agreement through the U.S. Department of State Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) on September 1.  In 2013, President Obama announced $10 million in U.S. government funding ...
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U.S. Ambassador to Kenya Robert F. Godec Attends Ambassador’s Special Self-Help Fund Grant Signing Ceremony

U.S Ambassador to Kenya Robert F. Godec signed new agreements for six recipients of the Ambassador’s Self Help Fund Grants on August 26, to promote income generation, clean water, and better health in different communities throughout Kenya. Six Community-Based Organizations will receive funding from the Ambassador’s Self-Help Fund, and will execute projects in the Coast ...
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U.S. Ambassador to Kenya Robert F. Godec Remarks at the Launch of the African Women Entrepreneurship Program-Kenya Strategic Plan

AFRALTI Conference Center Hamjambo mabibi na mabwana.  Habari zenu?  Thank you and good morning. Zohra Baraka, Chairperson of AWEP-Kenya; AWEP Board Members; Leaders of of the East African Trade Hub and the AFRALTI Center; Distinguished guests; Ladies and Gentlemen: I am grateful for the opportunity to join you in launching this strategic plan for the ...
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Wreath Laying Ceremony – 16th Anniversary of the Attack on the U.S. Embassy Nairobi on August 7, 1998

Chargé d’Affaires Isiah Parnell joined U.S. Embassy Nairobi employees and family members in a wreath laying ceremony to commemorate the 16th anniversary of the August 7, 1998 bomb attack on the U.S. Embassy, then located in downtown Nairobi.  224 people were killed during the attack and over 4,000 people were wounded. The ceremony honored the ...
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U.S. Embassy Nairobi Hosts Kenyan Students

150 student leaders from nine Kenyan universities filled the lobby of U.S. Embassy Nairobi on July 28, to watch the live broadcast of U.S. President Barack Obama’s Town Hall meeting in Washington, D.C. with the 500 Mandela Washington Fellows of 2014.  The students were greeted by U.S. Ambassador to Kenya Robert F. Godec, who reminded ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Robert F. Godec Independence Day Reception

Waheshimiwa, mabibi na mabwana, hamjambo, habari zenu, habari za jioni!  Mambo vipi!  Ningependa kuchukua fursa hii kuwakaribisha kwa sherehe hii ya sikukuu ya uhuru.  Karibuni nyote stareheni! Welcome, distinguished guests, and ladies and gentlemen to the 238thcelebration of America’s independence. I would like to thank everyone who worked so hard to organize this year’s party, ...
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U.S. Ambassador to Kenya Robert F. Godec Remarks for the Launch of the Kenya AIDS Indicator Survey 2012 Final Report

Panafric Hotel Cabinet Secretary for Health, the Honorable James Macharia; Principal Secretary, Professor Fred Segor; Director of Medical Services, Dr. Frances Kimani; Director of Promotive and Preventive Services, Dr. William Maina; and Head of the National AIDS and STI Control Programme, Dr. Martin Sirengo. Hamjambo!  Habari zenu.  Good morning. Thank you so much for the ...
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U.S. Ambassador to Kenya Robert F. Godec Helps Launch AIDS Survey Report

U.S. Ambassador to Kenya Robert F. Godec joined Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary for Health Honorable James Macharia on June 25, to launch the final report of the 2012 Kenya AIDS Indicator Survey (KAIS 2012) and Kenya’s revised HIV treatment guidelines. The 2012 survey was Kenya’s second national survey which provides Kenya with the information it needs ...
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Amb. Godec remarks – Chevy Trailblazer unveiling

Ms. Rita Kavashe, Managing Director, GM East Africa… and Vice President-elect of the American Chamber of Commerce!, Distinguished guests; Hamjambo mabibi na mabwana.  Habari zenu!  Good evening. I am happy to be here today to welcome the Chevy Trailblazer to Kenya, and to celebrate the strong ties between General Motors, a great American company, and ...
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U.S. Ambassador to Kenya Robert F. Godec Tours the International Organization for Migration Screening Facility

World Refugee Day U.S. Ambassador to Kenya Robert F. Godec visited the Kakuma Refugee Camp in Turkana County on June 20, to commemorate World Refugee Day.  While at the camp, Ambassador Godec toured the International Organization for Migration (IOM) Screening Facility.  He visited the lab and radiology unit of the facility and offered a band-aid ...
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Ambassador Godec’s Remarks for World Blood Donor Day

Your Excellency, Margaret Kenyatta, First Lady of the Republic of Kenya; Honorable James Macharia, Cabinet Secretary for Health; distinguished guests; ladies and gentlemen. Hamjambo!  Habari zenu!  Thank you for inviting me to participate in World Blood Donor Day.  I want to thank the Ministry of Health, the National Blood Transfusion Service, and all the organizers ...
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U.S. Ambassador to Kenya Robert F. Godec Visits Bethel Outreach Education Center in Kibera

Students demonstrated the impact that an inspired teacher can have on early grade learning The U.S. Ambassador to Kenya Robert F. Godec joined teachers, parents and education officials at the Bethel Outreach Education Centre in Kibera on June 13, 2014.  Class 1 and Class 2 pupils from the densely populated, informal Kibera neighborhood demonstrated their ...
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U.S. Ambassador to Kenya Robert F. Godec Hosts a Send-off Honoring the 46 Kenyans Chosen for the Washington Fellowship of the Young African Leaders In

U.S. Ambassador to Kenya Robert F. Godec hosted a send-off on June 12, honoring the 46 Kenyans chosen to be a part of the Washington Fellowship for the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI). YALI was launched by U.S. President Barack Obama to support young African leaders as they work to spur growth and prosperity, strengthen ...
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2014 YALI Washington Fellows Departure Reception Remarks by Ambassador Robert F. Godec

Hamjambo mabibi na mabwana. Good evening, and thank you for joining me to celebrate and honor the 46 young Kenyan leaders who will participate as Washington Fellows in President Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative.  The 24 women and 22 men who make up the 2014 Washington Fellowship group possess impressive credentials and diversity.  They include ...
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Press Statement by U.S. Ambassador to Kenya Robert F. Godec On the Death of Sheikh Mohammed Idris

The United States condemns the murder of Council of Imam and Preachers of Kenya Chairman Sheikh Mohammed Idris in Likoni this morning.  We extend our deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Sheikh Idris. We call for calm and restraint on the coast, and underscore the need to prevent any possible spread of violence.  ...
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The United States is Committed to Working with Kenya on Security – Op-ed by U.S. Ambassador to Kenya Robert F. Godec

At the 50-year mark, the partnership between the United States and Kenya is broad and robust.  It rests on a rock solid foundation of shared values and interests.  Americans work side by side with Kenyans to achieve a wide range of common goals.  We support Kenya as it works to educate its children, deliver health ...
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U. S. Ambassador to Kenya Robert F. Godec Hosts a Reception for Partners in a Unique Scholarship Program

The U.S. Ambassador to Kenya Robert F. Godec hosted a reception for a scholarship and empowerment program, the Global Give Back Circle, on May 15.  The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) partners with Kenya Community Development Foundation (KCDF) and several Kenyan private sector entities to provide scholarships for close to 600 at-risk Kenyan youth. ...
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Ambassador Robert F. Godec Statement On the Recent Violence on the Kenyan Coast

The United States deplores the recent violence on the Kenyan coast, including the murder of Muslim cleric Sheikh Abubakar Shariff, known as Makaburi, and a second individual yesterday, as well as the attack at a church in Likoni on March 23. We join Kenyan community, civil society, and religious leaders in calling for calm and ...
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U. S. Ambassador to Kenya Robert F. Godec Remarks for Envirofit International Institutional Stove Launch

Good Morning.  Nzuri asubuhi! Thank you, Ron Bills and colleagues at Envirofit for the invitation to speak today and to Makini School for hosting this special event. I am pleased to be here with you in support of Envirofit’s launch of their new institutional cookstove.  Indoor air pollution – pollution from traditional cookstoves – is ...
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Ambassador Godec remarks on the Transfer of Camp Kiboko to Kenyan Navy

Principal Secretary for Defense Ambassador Monica Juma, Commander of the Kenyan Navy Major General Ngewa Mukala, Ladies and Gentlemen.  Good morning!  Habari za asabuhi! Six years ago, this camp was established by the U.S. government in partnership with the Kenyan government.  The camp’s mission was to provide training and equipment to Kenya’s Maritime Police and ...
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USAID Launches New Tuberculosis Program for Kenya

Ksh 3.5 billion will support Ministry efforts to further prevent and control TB U.S. Ambassador to Kenya Robert F. Godec joined the Cabinet Secretary of Kenya’s Ministry of Health James Macharia to mark World Tuberculosis Day by launching the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) TB Accelerated Response and Care activity.  The U.S. Government works with ...
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International Women’s Day 2014 “Inspiring Change”

Ambassador Robert F. Godec Celebrates with Change Agent’s Cohesion Champions In celebration of International Women’s Day, U.S. Ambassador to Kenya Robert F. Godec joined the Change Agent’s Cohesion Champions festivities at the Huruma Grounds in Mathare, Saturday, March 8. International Women’s Day is a global celebration of the social, political and economic achievements of women ...
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U.S. Ambassador to Kenya Robert F. Godec Remarks at the KWCWC/AWEP International Women’s Day Luncheon

Good afternoon.  Habari zenu!  I am honored to be with you as we celebrate International Women’s Day.  This is a very important day for all of us – both women and men. The first International Women’s Day was celebrated 103 years ago.  It was a turning point on women’s rights.  It offers us all an ...
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U.S. Ambassador to Kenya Robert F. Godec Launches BURN Manufacturing Production Facility

U.S. Ambassador to Kenya Robert F. Godec celebrated the launch of BURN Manufacturing’s (BURN) production facility on Wangari Maathai Day, March 3, 2014.  BURN is the maker of Jikokoa, a modern charcoal jiko stove that reduces the amount of fuel consumed and reduces indoor air pollution.  Using Jikokoa would save thousands of shillings each year ...
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Launch of Mobile Blood Donation Unit and Valentine’s Day Blood Drive

First Lady of the Republic of Kenya, Her Excellency Margaret Kenyatta launched the Mobile Blood Donation Unit and Valentine’s Day Blood Drive on February 14.  U.S. Ambassador to Kenya Robert F. Godec was present at the event along with other government officials.  Through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the U.S. government has ...
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Robert F. Godec remarks for the launch of the Valentine’s Day Blood Drive and Mobile Donation Unit Kenya International Conference Center

Your Excellency, Margaret Kenyatta, first lady of the Republic of Kenya; Dr. Evans Kidero, Governor of Nairobi; and other distinguished guests: Good morning!  Habari Zenu.  Thank you for inviting me to participate in this important occasion to highlight the need for blood donation in Kenya.  I want to thank the Ministry of Health and all ...
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U.S. Ambassador Donates Equipment to IPOA

U.S. Ambassador to Kenya Robert F. Godec visited the Independent Policing Oversight Authority (IPOA) at its headquarters in Nairobi on February 11 to donate evidence collection equipment (such as tools to collect blood stain specimens, gunshot residue, rape victim, and suspect specimens).  The United States has purchased this equipment for IPOA to use in investigations ...
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Community Service Day at Jehovah Jireh Children’s Home

U.S. Ambassador to Kenya Robert F. Godec and members of the U.S. Embassy Nairobi mission participated in a Community Service Day event at the Jehovah Jireh Children’s Home on February 8.  The day’s project focused on building and installing bookshelves in the home’s library, which will free up desk space for the children in the home to study and ...
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U.S. Ambassador to Kenya Robert F. Godec Remarks for the National Clean Cookstoves and Fuel Conference in Kenya

Ms. Radha Muthiah, Executive Director, Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, Ms. Kathy Calvin, UN Foundation, Mr. Isaac Kalua, Green Africa Foundation, Representatives of the Government of Kenya, Members of the Diplomatic Corps, Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves and the Clean Cookstoves Association of Kenya, Representatives of the Private Sector, Friends, Ladies and Gentlemen.  Hamjambo!  Habari ...
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U.S. Marines Share Message of Hope

The U.S. Marines Nairobi, together with U.S. Ambassador to Kenya Robert F. Godec, through the Toys for Tots Program, distributed toys at the Saru Learning Center in Gachie, Kenya, on February 3.  The Saru Learning Center provides early childhood and primary education to disadvantaged girls and boys between the ages of 3 and 14 years. ...
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U.SOfficials Invite Partnership in President Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative

U.S. Ambassador to Kenya Robert F. Godec hosted leaders from Kenya’s private sector, government, and civil society along with youth representatives at his home on January 28, to mark the closing of the application process for the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) Washington Fellows program, which will send 50 Kenyans to the United States to ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Robert F. Godec USAID/General Electric/Kenya Commercial Bank Launch Event

Thank you and good morning. Jeff Immelt, Chairman and CEO, GE Corporation; Jay Ireland, President and CEO, GE Africa; Joshua Oigara, CEO, Kenya Commercial Bank; Mark Feierstein, USAID Associate Administrator; Earl Gast, USAID Assistant Administrator for Africa; Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen. I am delighted to be here this morning to recognize the ongoing collaboration ...
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U.S. Ambassador Visits School Feeding Program and Donates Footballs at Mathare Primary School

U.S. Ambassador to Kenya Robert F. Godec visited Mathare Primary School to celebrate 10 years of U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) support for school feeding and to honor the 50 years of relations between Kenya and the United States. Since 2004, USDA has pledged approximately $100 million USD to support a school feeding program in ...
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Wings to Fly Scholar Inauguration Ceremony Remarks by Ambassador Robert F. Godec

Your Excellency, the President of the Republic of Kenya, The Honorable Uhuru Kenyatta, Cabinet Secretary for Education, Professor Jacob Kaimenyi, Chairman of Equity Bank, Mr. Peter Munga, Equity Bank Group Managing Director and CEO, Mr. James Mwangi, Equity Group Foundation Managing Director, Dr. Helen Gichohi, President and CEO of the MasterCard Foundation, Ms. Reeta Roy, ...
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Ambassador Speaks at Conference on Countering Violent Extremism in Kenya

U.S. Ambassador to Kenya Robert F. Godec commended the Government of Kenya for their strong efforts to combat violent extremism at the First National Conference on Security and Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) in Kenya, which took place in Nairobi January 14 to 16.  The Supreme Council of Kenya Muslims (SUPKEM) partnered with USAID, the United ...
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U.S. Ambassador to Kenya Robert F. Godec Commemorates 2014 World Refugee Day

Kakuma Refugee Camp, Turkana County, Kenya U.S. Ambassador to Kenya Robert F. Godec honored 2014 World Refugee Day, June 20th, by visiting three projects that are improving the health care of refugees in Kakuma refugee camp.  The sites included the International Organization for Migration (IOM) screening facility, the International Rescue Committee (IRC) laboratory, and the ...
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