NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The top U.S. State Department official on Africa is telling Kenyan voters of the possibility of "consequences" depending on whom the country selects as president.
The statement by U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Africa Johnnie Carson appeared to be a warning of potential consequences if the country votes in Uhuru Kenyatta, one of two top candidates for president. Kenyatta faces charges at the International Criminal Court in connection with the massive violence that occurred after Kenya's last presidential election in late 2007.
Carson did not say directly that there would be "consequences" if Kenyatta is elected, but he hinted at it strongly. He said that individuals have histories and reputations that follow them when they are elected to higher office. Kenya votes for president March 4.