US Ambassador to Kenya Kyle McCarter has resigned and will leave office on January 20, 2021, when Donald Trump’s tenure comes to an end.
In a farewell letter on Friday, McCartersaid that Kenya should nolonger depend on foreign aid, but should be the country to look up to in the region.
“As I reflect on my time as Ambassador, I continue to believe that Kenya should no longer be just a beneficiary of foreign aid, but a benefactor to the rest of East Africa,” wrote McCarter.
He also urged Kenyans not to make the same political mistakes during the past elections, even as the political temperature rise ahead of the 2022 general elections.
“People make up our institutions. People make up our governments. People are fallible and make mistakes. Democracy gives us the chance to recognise our mistakes, to learn from them, and to make changes to ensure our institutions and our leaders do not repeat those mistakes,” he added.
Before his appointment as the US envoy to Kenya, McCarter served as the Republican member of the Illinois Senate from February 2009 to January 2019.
He took over the ambassadorial job from Bob Godec on January 2, 2019, who had served as the US Ambassador to Kenya for six years.
McCarter coined ‘USA Marafiki’, a rallying call for US cooperation with Kenya; he was also critical of China stating that the US offers genuine support to Kenyans by focusing on mutual benefits rather than debt or just aid.
McCarter and his wife Victoria live in Lebanon, Illinois. They have two living children: Zach and Austin.Their daughter Amber died in 2006 at the age of 21 from a heroin overdose.
In his tenure, he leaned more on the economic relations side between Kenya and the US, in most instances shunning political discourse.
During his tenure, Kenya began negotiations with the US for a bilateral trade agreement.