U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton visits Malawi Sunday – the latest stop on her 11-day tour of Africa.
On Saturday, she was in Nairobi where she urged Kenyans to work together to hold free and fair elections next March, and be a role model for Africa and the world. She urged leaders to avoid the post-election bloodshed that Kenya suffered five years ago.
Clinton said the United States has pledged to assist Kenya in ensuring that its elections are “free, fair and transparent.''
She met with President Mwai Kibaki, who is barred by law from seeking a third term, and Prime Minister Raila Odinga, who leads in opinion polls in the race to replace him. The two men were the main rivals in the disputed 2007 election, in which opposition leader Odinga said he was the victim of vote fraud.
Clinton also met with leaders from neighboring Somalia to urge them to complete a political transition to a new government on schedule. The transitional government is set to end August 20 when its U.N. mandate expires.
Following her stop in Malawi, Clinton is scheduled to visit South Africa. She will end her African tour with a stop in Ghana to attend the funeral of the late president John Atta Mills, who died unexpectedly on July 24.