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Feedback - Was the US justified in writing to those opposed to reforms?

LETTERS
By | October 2nd 2009

Yes. These people whom we trusted to shape the country’s image have ruined it instead. They are anti-reform.

If America was not important to them, why cry foul when banned from visiting the country? Wananchi fully back these US measures.

{Herbert K, Kenya}

Yes. The Government has failed to take decisive action and, therefore, any assistance from the US through Ambassador Michael Ranneberger is welcome. The European Union should follow suit.

{Raymond Nzioka, Kenya}

No reason justifies a foreign government writing such letters to leaders of another country. Kenya is not under colonial rule. We are an independent, sovereign State and can manage our own affairs without intimidation or interference from outside. The US has missed the mark. Leave Kenya be.

{Harrison Kisang, Kenya}

If our leaders cannot act in the interest of the public, then the world should use all means possible to force them to act responsibly. Americans are justified and EU nations should follow suit.

{Gabriel Omwalo, Kenya}

Yes. This is because many people died for them to be in power. But the leadership does not care about wananchi, hence someone has to speak on behalf of the slum dwellers and the homeless.

{Bota Birika, US}

Kenyans should welcome the external pressure to force the MPs out of their shells. Wananchi must understand foreign governments are not meddling but rather helping them clean house.

{Gabriel Karigey, Canada}

Some Kenyans fail to understand that America writing directly to our ministers and MPs compromises our independence and sovereignty. This does not mean support for those who are corrupt.

How would the US react if we asked it to shut down Guantanamo Prison or halt their reckless war in Iraq? It appears President Kibaki’s enemies will do anything for political expediency.

{Alex Wahome, US}

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