29th June, 2012
Scott Gration, the U.S. ambassador to Kenya, on Friday disclosed that he is stepping down from his job, citing disagreements with the administration.
“Differences with Washington regarding my leadership style and certain priorities lead me to believe that it’s now time to leave,’’ Gration, a retired U.S. Air Force Major General, said in a statement.
Gration supported George W Bush in his first term, but later backed Obama’s 2008 bid for the White House, after accompanying the then-senator on trips to Africa.
He served as a military adviser and expert on the continent for Obama.
In 2009, Gration, a Swahili speaker, was appointed as envoy to Sudan before being appointed the top diplomat in Nairobi in 2011.