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Clinton in Kenya to Push for Democracy

Kenya's President Mwai Kibaki (C), flanked  by U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (R) and his vice president Kalonzo Musyoka (L), after a meeting at State House in Nairobi, August 4, 2012.
Kenya's President Mwai Kibaki (C), flanked by U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (R) and his vice president Kalonzo Musyoka (L), after a meeting at State House in Nairobi, August 4, 2012.
Gabe Joselow
NAIROBI - U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says Kenyans must work together to hold free and fair elections and be a role model for Africa and the world, and she urged their leaders avoid the post-election bloodshed that Kenya suffered five years ago.

A general election next March will be the first since a disputed 2007 poll set off a politically based ethnic slaughter in which more than 1,200 people were killed.

Clinton told reporters in Nairobi Saturday that "the United States has pledged to assist the government of Kenya in ensuring that the upcoming elections are free, fair and transparent.''

Clinton met President Mwai Kibaki, who is barred by law from seeking a third term, and Prime Minister Raila Odinga, who leads in opinion polls in the race to replace him.

The two were the main rivals in the disputed presidential poll, when then opposition leader Odinga accused Mr. Kibaki of stealing the vote.

Clinton will also meet with leaders of neighboring Somalia to urge them to complete a political transition to a new government on schedule. The transitional government is set to end August 20 when the U.N. mandate for it expires.

On Thursday, following Somalia's adoption of a new provisional constitution, Clinton urged Somali leaders to complete the remaining tasks “quickly and transparently.” Somali leaders must still select members of the next parliament and elect a new president.

In Juba Friday, Clinton called on South Sudan and its neighbor, Sudan, to resolve bitter disputes that pushed the two countries to the brink of war earlier this year.

Clinton also met with Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni in Kampala Friday. She encouraged Uganda to continue its effort to hunt down Lord's Resistance Army fighters in central Africa and to fight Islamist militants in Somalia.

Following her stop in Kenya, Clinton is due to visit Malawi and South Africa.

Some information for this report was provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.

  • Secretary of State Hillary Clinton greets Kofi Annan and his wife Nane Lagergren at the funeral of Ghana President John Atta Mills, in Accra, Ghana, August 10, 2012.
  • U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, left, meets with Ghana's President John Dramani Mahama, at his residence in Accra, Ghana, August 9, 2012.
  • U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at a clinic at Delft township on the outskirts of Cape Town, South Africa, August 8, 2012.
  • South Africa's Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi, left, and Hillary Clinton visit the Delft South Clinic in Delft South, a suburb of Cape Town, South Africa, August 8, 2012.
  • Hillary Clinton meets with former South Africa President Nelson Mandela and his wife Graca Machel at his home in Qunu, South Africa, August 6, 2012.
  • Hillary Clinton and South Africa's Foreign Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane see a rare snow flurry as they leave business meetings in Pretoria, South Africa, August 7, 2012.
  • Hillary Clinton walks out with African Union Chair-Designate Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma after their meeting at Brynterion Estate in Pretoria, South Africa, August 7, 2012.
  • Hillary Clinton dances with Emille Phiri, chair of the Lumbadzi Milk Bulking Group, Lilongwe, Malawi, August 5, 2012.
  • Hillary Clinton meets with Malawi's President Joyce Banda at the State House in Lilongwe, Malawi, August 5, 2012.
  • Kenya's President Mwai Kibaki, with Hillary Clinton (R) and his vice president Kalonzo Musyoka (L), leaves after a meeting at State House in Nairobi August 4, 2012.
  • Hillary Clinton is met by Uganda's Foreign Affairs Minister Okello Oryem upon arrival at Entebbe International Airport, August 3, 2012.
  • Hillary Clinton shakes hands with Bishop Elias Taban in Juba August 3, 2012.
  • Hillary Clinton meets with South Sudan President Salva Kiir, August 3, 2012, at the Presidential Office Building in Juba.
  • Hillary Clinton, accompanied by President Macky Sall, speaks at the Presidential Palace in Dakar, August 1, 2012.
  • Hillary Clinton shakes hands with staff from the U.S. Embassy in Dakar, August 1, 2012.
  • The shadow of Hillary Clinton on a Senegalese flag before she spoke at the University of Cheikh Anta Diop in Dakar, Senegal, August 1, 2012.

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by: Lorraine Conley from: Tempe Arizona
August 04, 2012 2:34 PM
Free and fair of what, it isn't free and fair from corruption as corruption is what TXE Democrats have in the United States elections, so what the hell is US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton talking about?

by: who cares from: las vegas
August 04, 2012 11:17 AM
My recent visit to kenya after 28 was dramatic for the worse for following reasons. 1.At every cross road there are slums with mosques. 2. mombasa turned in to 99.99% muslim city ( 50% before 28 yrs) 3. Pirates are flushing the money in to kenya, with islamic ideology and converting christians. This is very very alarming.

by: anonymot from: CT
August 04, 2012 10:43 AM
Is the VOA a branch of Clinton's PR Dept. or a news agency? The least you could do is photoshop her bad photos so that she's not the only one visible! Where there's another woman available, they can also be seen, invariably.

Aside from that, since this administration has little regard for or understanding of Diplomacy, is it an intentionam practice to place women in key positions where they will be least effective because of gender bias - such as Sudan?

by: Norand Jacks from: Louisiana
August 04, 2012 9:54 AM
She should visit Obamas birthplace while she's there. Ask his grandmother where it is. She'll point it out.
In Response

by: Idiot Buster from: Everywhere
August 04, 2012 12:32 PM
For Clinton to see Obama's birth place she would have to travel some twenty hours on air to a hospital in Hawaii. If she wanted she could also meet the doctor that delivered him out.
In Response

by: Shar from: Boston
August 04, 2012 11:29 AM
Norand Jacks I wish you could speak your mind like this in public. I swear you are one big coward out there.

by: david lulasa from: tambua,gimarakwa,hamisi,v
August 04, 2012 7:36 AM
the electoral commision and the whole government thinks that kenyas elections are their business only..and others take advantage of this perspective to pretend to people that they are freedom fighters when talking of legitimacy..its so sad that the devils in the quest for presidency aint still ashamed of themselves,infact they are just using tricks on talking about the prime minister and hague suspects in particular..furthermore,kenya is tired with TJRC BOSS..he should tell us what sin he did..he wants immunity and so sticks to his job.

lulasa...obama barack
tv(TAMBUA VILLAGE,GIMARAKWA)hamisi,vihiga,kenya.

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