The UK High Commissioner has defended his American counterpart after a number of Kenyan Twitter users replied negatively to a post from Bob Godec following news his time in Kenya was coming to an end.
The US envoy posted a farewell message on social media, with a link to his statement, in which he said he would continue to serve in his capacity until the U.S. Senate approves President Trump’s proposal for his replacement.
I welcome the nomination of Illinois State Senator Kyle McCarter. US & Kenya have woven an extraordinary tapestry of ties. We’ve made progress in health care, education, agriculture, investment, security & more. Kenya holds a special place in my heart. https://t.co/YfUPwq6PEc
— Ambassador Bob Godec (@BobGodec) March 29, 2018
The American Ambassador’s message was not received well by some of the Kenyans who replied to his Tweet.
Among the negative responses were expressions of disappointment with the outgoing envoy while some told him bluntly to pack up and go home as soon as possible.
But you let Kenyans down in thewir hour of need on matters democracy and human rights!
— Vitalis Kimutai (@vitskim) March 29, 2018
One even thanked the US President for ‘firing’ Mr Godec and added that Mr Trump had “answered (the) prayers of Kenyans”.
— Danvas Nyabasa (@DanvasNyabasa) March 29, 2018
However, Mr Godec was defended by the UK High Commissioner to Kenya, Nic Hailey, who Tweeted how Mr Godec is committed to his work and will be missed.
Trolls gonna troll/haters gonna hate. But no one who has met my fellow Balozi @BobGodec could question his deep and untiring commitment to Kenya, the Kenyan people and the values and institutions that make Kenya strong. He will be missed.
— Nic Hailey (@HCNicHailey) March 29, 2018
Mr Hailey’s response elicited a similar reaction with some accusing him of being ‘undiplomatic’ while another Twitter user told him to “learn diplomatic manners and quit acting like a Chokora (street child)”.
One Kenyan Twitter user said they would be writing to the Queen to ask her to fire him and give him the task of sorting out the Calais jungle camp. The same poster added: “we need to enroll the services of Nigel Farage to school this guy on committment to UK, not Kenya.”
The news of the American Ambassador’s imminent replacement comes a month after President Trump fired U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson while he was on a visit to Kenya.
Senator Kyle McCarter is set to replace Mr. Godec after his nomination was announced on the White House website.