Opposition leader and Azimio One Kenya Coalition boss Raila Odinga has lashed out at the US Ambassador Margaret Cushing Whitman warning her to desist interfering with Kenya’s internal political affairs or risk having the opposition instigate her recall to Washington.
Cushing attracted vicious rejoinder from the opposition leader over her remarks on the August 2022 elections.
Speaking at the Devolution conference, Raila said Cushing should keep off Kenyan affairs adding that Kenya is not a US colony and should be left to handle its internal affairs.
“Tell the rogue ambassador Kenya is not the United States. Kenya is not a colony of the United States. Keep your mouth while you are here. Otherwise, we will call for your recall back to your country.” Raila retorted said amid cheers from a section of the participants.
On Wednesday, Cushing, in her opening remarks said Kenya held the freest, fair and credible elections in her history.
Speaking during the official opening of the devolution conference in Eldoret attended by president William Ruto, Cushing said the affirmation by the Supreme Court was a testimony the election had been held transparently.
“I arrived in Kenya days before the general election, and what I witnessed was short of remarkable.” The ambassador noted.
The election, she noted, has even been termed by many commentators and analysts as the “freest, fairest and most credible election in Kenyan history”.
“The election was observed by local and international election organisations and the results were upheld by the Kenyan Supreme Court and power was transferred orderly and peacefully at the time,” she added.