Obama’s ambassador to Kenya steps down

Ryan Lovelace Contributor
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U.S. ambassador to Kenya Scott Gration is stepping down in a possible forced resignation, The Associated Press reports.

Gration, a former two-star Air Force general, explained his reasons for leaving in a written statement on Friday, saying in part, “differences with Washington regarding my leadership style and certain priorities lead me to believe that it’s now time to leave.”

State Department officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to the AP, said a highly critical internal audit of the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi will be released later this month.

Gitobu Imanyara, a member of the Kenyan parliament, told Standard Digital, “the resignation of Ambassador Gration is good news for Kenyan-US relations particularly in terms of the reform agenda.”

“We blame him for frustrating President Obama’s planned visit to Kenya,” Imanyara said.

Gration’s last day at his self-described “dream job” will be July 28, a little over 15 months after his swearing in.