Biden’s Kenyan Visit to Focus on Constitution Reforms, Security

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden’s agenda during his two-day visit to Kenya, which kicked off June 7, is expected to focus on the East African country’s upcoming referendum for a new constitution.

Biden brings to Kenya a message from U.S. President Barack Obama, which some political scientists noted would mostly reiterate the importance of constitution review and reforms to the country’s residents, according to an analysis by the Daily Nation.

In earlier interviews, Obama has urged Kenyans to take the opportunity offered by the upcoming referendum to push for change. But he clarified he was not encouraging residents to vote yes at the referendum, the Daily Nation says.

Meanwhile, on the part of Kenyan officials, several are hoping to discuss the situation in Somalia with Biden. Some high-level government officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said they want the U.S. to encourage the U.N., especially the Security Council, to address piracy, security and reconstruction issues in Somalia.

Development appears out of Biden’s agenda in Kenya based on news reports.

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