The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: America Is Destabilising Kenya, Says Kimemia

KENYA's top security organ yesterday launched a scathing attack on American funding for civil society. A meeting of the National Security Advisory Committee on Wednesday chaired by Cabinet Secretary Francis Kimemia said United States Agency for International Development wanted to topple the government of President Uhuru Kenyatta using activists.

The badly written NSAC statement was circulating yesterday as police yesterday broke up a low-key demonstration by civil society demanding that the government deliver on its election promises.

NSAC has asked the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to "urgently summon USAID officials with immediate effect to give more information over its plans to topple the government."

"NSAC is in possession of credible intelligent documents and information detailing how the US donor agency has consistently funded the demonstrations by activists, including demos clandestinely planned and funded," the statement by Kimemia said.

American ambassador Robert Godec yesterday said the US has been a committed partner of Kenya for 50 years. "Allegations, including those in the February 12 statement by the National Security Advisory Committee, that the Government of the United States seeks to "undermine" or "destabilize" the Government of Kenya are false," he said.

Godec said the US works with both government and civil society on security, health, education, conflict prevention, agriculture, and other areas.

"The government of the United States, including the USAID coordinates its activities in Kenya in a transparent manner and in collaboration with the government of Kenya. We have always and will continue to share information about our programs with the Kenyan government," he said.

The NSAC statement identified a Boniface M. and John G. as the the people who have been funded to destabilize the government.

It said a certain "defrocked pastor" has "been funded to concurrently make attacks and abuses against parliamentarians."

It is presumed that the NSAC was referring to activist Boniface Mwangi, former anti-corruption tsar John Githongo, and Rev Timothy Njoya.

The security committee noted that Kenyans blocked earlier attempts by USAID to topple the government through "youth revolution" of 2013.

The committee warned that further plans to destabilize the government "will not be tolerated at any costs, especially where activists are sustainably funded to tarnish the country's and leaders reputation regionally and internationally."

Yesterday's Kenya ni Kwetu demo started on State House Road was led by photojournalist Boniface Mwangi, Rev Timothy Njoya, activist Khalid Hussein and musician Eric Wainaina. They were stopped as they tried to enter Uhuru Park. Four people were arrested near Freedom Corner after police lobbed tear gas at the protesters. Mwangi jumped out of the police car when it stopped on its way to the police station.

"It's all bollocks. I have not received any money from USAID. If there is any evidence I will forever hold my silence. The government has the machinery to check my bank accounts. They are afraid of the truth and they think the only way out is to soil our reputation," Mwangi told the media later.

A 'state of the nation address' read by Njoya at the event said Kenya has one president inside State House and "over 40 million presidents outside State House." He condemned greed among state officials. He asked Kenyan politicians to go to hospital for political, moral and spiritual surgery.

Yesterday, International Centre for Policy and Conflict's Ndung'u Wainaina condemned the police for breaking the demo.

"The right to picket, demonstrate and petition is core right of freedom of expression and opinion. It is integral part of free speech. Kenyans enjoy their liberties and freedoms as birthright not governmental privilege," he said.

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