- Ambassador Kyle McCarter said Donald Trump would concede if he lost through real votes
- He called for patience and tolerance ahead of the final results announcement saying he was praying no violence happens
- He said once the law was followed in the elections process everyone who lost would concede, not excluding Trump
- The ambassador did not rule out a chance of the election outcome finding its way to the Supreme Court
- McCarter said Donald Trump had the right to question any irregularity including the dumping of votes allegations
US Ambassador to Kenya Kyle McCarter has reiterated that the presidential elections will be concluded peacefully.
Speaking in an interview with Citizen’s TV host Jeff Koinange on Wednesday, November 4, McCarter said there was no way a presidential candidate would refuse to concede if they legally lost.
“There is no way he will not concede but this is only after everything is verified according to the law. Elections are governed by rules and regulations,” McCarter said.
The ambassador who happened to spent part of his years in Kenya where his father worked as a teacher, said anyone who loses elections through real votes cannot refuse to concede.
“The real votes will be counted as we go through the required process despite the time it will take. During elections there are times polls close and no voting should continue. All these will be considered before results are verified and certified,” he explained.
McCarter reiterated that US is a developed democracy where citizens follow the law, abide by it and accept its outcome irrespective of who it favours.
He was speaking in reference to a scenario where the contestants would need to get to the Supreme Court to solve the elections’ results impasse.
The envoy asked the world to pray for a peaceful US saying he hoped there would be no violence.
McCarter was however categorical that US had more freedoms that allowed people to protest.
He clarified that rioting and damaging of property should not be intertwined with protests.
About the fate of his appointment if Trump loses, McCarter said he was uncertain what would happen.
The ambassador though remained optimistic he would retain his role as US envoy in Nairobi.
“My political appointment was unique. I never got the job because I dished out money or mingled with who and who. It was about my experience and my desire to work in Kenya and help the people I used to happen while in Tharaka Nithi where my father was a teacher,” the envoy added.
He disclosed that he made his desire clear while seeking for appointment and only chose Kenya.
According to McCarter President Uhuru Kenyatta and Trump have a good relationship and have been making progress in actualising a Free Trade Area pact that would boost business between the two nations.
“Kenya has everything it needs to develop and be the leading economy in East Africa. The Free Trade Area pact that is anchored on US Dollars 16 billion (Ksh 1.7 trillion) funding is not about US first but Kenya first,” he explained.
He told Kenyans to read the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) report and make decisions that affect them, not to be swayed by leaders.