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Godec to remain in offi ce, as other US envoys resign

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Jan. 24, 2017, 3:00 am
By SAMUEL KISIKA @kisikasam
US Ambassador to Kenya Robert Godec during one year anniversary celebration of the first women's entrepreneurship center in Kenya at the Wecreate-Kenya Centre in Nairobi on November 17, 2016./ Jack Owuor
US Ambassador Robert Godec will not quit and services at the embassy will go on uninterrupted.
The Star has learned that Godec is not affected by US President Donald Trump’s anticipated administrative changes in all embassies worldwide.
Trump’s transition team early this month demanded all ambassadors appointed by former President Barack Obama resign by last Friday before the inauguration.
“It is common practice for political appointees to be asked to resign at the end of an administration. Ambassador Godec is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service and is not a political appointee,” a spokesperson at the embassy said.
“As an ambassador, he serves at the pleasure of the President and will continue to do so until otherwise instructed.”
International media reported that the US Ambassador to New Zealand Mark Gilbert and several diplomats obeyed the instruction and resigned before Trump’s inauguration.
US State Department spokesman John Kirby had said the appointees were to submit their resignations on December 7 to take effect on January 20.
He also said the transition team did not ask any career diplomat to resign.









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