US President Barack Obama will still visit Kenya despite an al Shabaab attack on Garissa University College that left 147 people dead.
This is according to a statement released on the White House’s official website, stating that Obama will still visit the country in July.
“Even at this difficult hour, the Kenyan people should know they have an unwavering friend and ally in the United States of America,” the statement read in part.
Obama further condemned the killing of the 147 students by the al Shabaab and said the event will not deter the socio-economic and political growth of the country.
“I know firsthand the extraordinary resilience and fundamental decency of the people of Kenya. So I know that the people of Garissa and all of Kenya will grieve, but their determination to achieve a better and more secure future will not be deterred,” Obama said.
Obama further heaped praise on the security agencies that responded to the attack.
“We also commend the heroism of the responders who lost their lives in the selfless protection of the students and faculty,” Obama said.
Obama further pledged continued assistance to Kenya in the war on terror.
“We will stand hand-in-hand with the Kenyan Government and people against the scourge of terrorism and in their efforts to bring communities together,” Obama said.