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US Senate withholds funding for Kenya military

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The United States Senate has passed a Bill imposing conditions on military assistance to Kenya.

In its 2012 fiscal year report, the Supreme US law-making organ states that the foreign military and economic support funds will not be made available to Kenya until the Government establishes "thorough and credible investigations of alleged crimes by the Kenyan Military in Mt Elgon in March 2008".

But in a swift reaction, Kenya’s ambassador to the United States Elkanah Odembo said the action of the Senate was ill advised as it was taken without seeking the position of the Kenyan government on the issue.

Speaking to The Standard On Saturday in his office in Washington DC, the envoy said it was wrong for the US legislature to embed an accusatory clause in the Bill without consulting the Kenyan Government.

"What happened to the rule of mutual respect between sovereign states? Why couldn’t they talk to me yet I am only a phone call away?" he wondered.

Mr Odembo said he would use all means at his disposal to persuade the Senate to rescind its decision...Click here