US pledges support for deal
Story by KIPCHUMBA SOME
03. March 2008
The United States of America will provide an additional Sh2
billion to facilitate the implementation of the power-sharing deal
to end Kenya political turmoil.
US ambassador to Kenya, Michael Ranneberger, said the money will
be used to provide logistical support for the speedy
implementation of the deal, successfully mediated by former United
Nations secretary general Kofi Annan.
The deal was signed on Thursday by President Mwai Kibaki and ODM
leader Raila odinga.
The ambassador said the money will also help resettle victims of
post-election violence and ensure that their livelihoods are
restored. The aid will also be used to promote dialogue and
reconciliation between the victims of the violence and its
The money is in addition to the Sh1.75 billion which Americans
have raised towards the country’s reconstruction.
Mr Ranneberger said this when addressing more than 15,000
internally displaced people at Eldoret Showground.
The US, the ambassador said, will also provide funds to rebuild
damaged schools and provide learning materials at various camps.
The money, to be distributed through various donor agencies, will
also be used to help farmers get back on their feet after a sharp
increase in costs of production.
The US has already disbursed Sh1 billion in humanitarian aid since
the violence broke out late last year.
Mr Ranneberger praised Kenyans for putting pressure on the two
leaders (President Kibaki and Mr Raila Odinga) to reach a
“This political deal is a tribute to the resilience of the people
of Kenya. Were it not for the concern and love that you showed for
your country, perhaps this deal might never have been reached,” he
He urged President Kibaki and Mr Odinga to jointly tour the
country and assure Kenyans that the situation was back to normal.
“The unity of the nation begins with the unity of its leaders. It
is important therefore that leaders work as a group to facilitate
healing and unity among the people of Kenya,” the ambassador said.
Mr Ranneberger said the country must emerge from the conflict
stronger and more united.
“The US too fought a protracted, bitter civil war. The most
important thing is that Kenya, like the US after the civil war,
should emerge from this conflict as a more united country with
stronger democratic institutions.”
Mr Ranneberger said that displaced people must be returned to
their homes only if they are assured of adequate security.