Kenyan Ambassador to the United States

Kenyan Ambassador to the United States

Ambassador Peter Ogego

2.11.2008

Ambassador Peter Ogego

Peter Ogego became Kenya’s ambassador to the United States, Mexico and Columbia in August 2006 following a more than two-year stint as high commissioner to Canada. Ambassador Ogego has also been heavily involved in a national awareness campaign against HIV/AIDS, working closely with international organizations including, the World Bank STD/HIV project and UNICEF Kenya.

Kenyan Ambassador to the United State Peter Ogego discusses Kenya’s efforts to address the challenges a developing country faces in building a new government. Ogego discusses Kenya’s difficulties with fair government practices and the country’s commitment to creating a peaceful and stable region. Ogego also touches on the recent violence in his country following the December presidential election and his appreciation for the support of the international community to help put an end to the violence. Ogego also addresses the importance and need of leadership and solid institutions within a developing country. Leadership is crucial to any rational development in a society, Ogego says; however, leaders must have functional institutions to achieve their visions within the society. He also speaks about the challenges Kenya faces to change the mindset and values of the country, respect laws and legal institutions, and train Kenyan leaders for the future.