President Uhuru Kenyatta has made radical changes on his list of appointees to various ambassadorial, consular and high commissioner positions. Of much interest is the Kenyan representative to Washington DC, a very influential position that connects the Kenyan government to US Administrative Capitol in Washington.
Njeru Giithae has been Kenya’s Ambassador to Washington for the last six years, a tenure that has been riddled with controversy and complaints from Kenyans living in the US regarding Mr Githae’s ethnic nationalism and open preference to his tribesmen in Washington.
During his stay in Washington as Kenya’s ambassador, there were complaints of Mr Githae turning business of the office he was tasked to run, into a Kikuyu affair. Every coordination with the national government in Nairobi as well as activities by the Washington office were done by Kikuyus, something which had grown to a point of him conducting meetings using the Gikuyu language.
Kenyans in the US also felt left out during national holidays, which was supposed to be an affair bringing together all Kenyan citizens to a single event as nationals from one country, to celebrate their country in a foreign land.
It is now a reprieve to citizens who were feeling left out and alienated by Mr Githae. His transfer to Vienna has been wholeheartedly welcomed by Kenyans in the US. Njeru Githae is replaced by Lazarus Ombai Amayo.