Kyle McCarter, who has served as U.S Ambassador to Kenya since 2019, has left office.
The end of McCarter’s term coincides with that of his boss, U.S President Donald Trump. He replaced Bob Godec, whose stint run for an unparalleled six years.
Joe Biden, the new President, will be inaugurated on November 20. He is expected to announce a new ambassador who will take over the crucial mission that overlooks U.S interests in the geographically strategic larger East African region.
During his term, McCarter, 58, focused on mutually beneficial partnerships between Kenya and the U.S, as opposed to the old-age reliance on aid. He brand his focus as “USA Marafiki.”
“As I reflect on my time as Ambassador,” he wrote in a farewell letter, “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.”
In the course of duty, McCarter also ruffled a few feathers. His social media campaign “Catch the Thieves” an anti-corruption clarion call, saw some top top government officials dismiss him as a neo-colonialist.
Twitter Tiff With Miguna
He was also involved in a Twitter tiff with Canadian-based Kenyan lawyer Miguna Miguna after insinuating that he (Miguna) was no Kenyan. He had passion for learning and speaking Kiswahili, and its creole Sheng.
Hinting about the challenges in the U.S transition, with Trump refusing to concede electoral defeat, McCarter said, “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.”
McCarter previously served as a Republican member of the Illinois Senate (Feb.,’09 – Jan., 2019).