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September 22, 2009

Twitter diplomacy

The U.S. Ambassador to Kenya, Mike Ranneberger, has started a Twitter feed. In the inaugural Tweet he wrote that he was "Looking to expand contacts with Kenyan people as part of U.S. efforts to push for implementation of reforms."

So far he's come out swinging.

Already he's Tweeted in favor of the removal of hated police boss Hussein Ali and voiced opposition to President Kibaki's attempt to reappoint corruption czar Aaron Ringera, who's widely seen as incompetent. Ranneberger wrote: "Outraged by Ringera's reappointment. Indication of impunity. A Kenyan told me it's a slap in the face of Kenyans. What to do? Suggestions?"

Last week, after the Kenyan Parliament voted down the appointment, Ranneberger expressed his support not in an official statement, but via Twitter. Moments later, he wrote:

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The ambassador has only 155 followers as of Tuesday afternoon, but I imagine that will be changing as nervous Kenyan pols create their Twitter accounts. We'll see how or if Ranneberger manages to balance diplomatic nuance with Twitter's tyrannical brevity.

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Comments

kainvestor

Great to see Ranneberger on twitter! looking forwards to his tweets...hope he'll be around for longer.

Holli

Excellent! Everyone's tweeting these days. What's your take on Twitter in general?

Great blog!

Please also visit me on my little corner of the web - at http://hollisramblings.blogspot.com

All about life in Ghana as an expat.

Meanwhile I'll be back!!

joe

should check the government spokesmans twitter page,
twitter.com/alfredmutua

sally

I feel that the US Embassy in Kenya should restrict refugees from entering the country.

I am posting a video of Somali refugees tormenting a gay white man. I noticed that many refugees and immigrants do not seem to respect human rights or local laws:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TfW9inRkTpU

I wish there would be fewer refugees coming in.

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