18 June 2014

Kenya: Raila Denies Plot to Overthrow Uhuru's Govt

Photo: Julie Strupp/AllAfrica
Kenya's former Prime Minister and the Opposition leader, Raila Odinga, gives a talk at the Wilson Center in Washington, DC (file photo).

Cord leader Raila Odinga has denied allegations that the opposition plans to overthrow President Uhuru Kenyatta's government.

"Sisi hatuna haja ya kupindua serikali (We have no intention to overthrow the government). Hatuna haja ya nusu mkate, hata robo mkate hatutaki(we don't want a coalition government)," Said Raila during a press briefing at Serena Hotel Wednesday.

Raila called for the sacking of Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Ole Lenku and his Principal Secretary Mutea Iringo over the Mpeketoni attacks where over 50 people were killed by unknown gunmen.

"When ole Lenku says I have crossed the red line,he crossed it a long time ago," said Raila.

Raila maintained that the planned Cord rallies will continue.

On Tuesday, Uhuru denied that the al Shabaab terror group was involved in the Mpeketoni attack.

Uhuru instead blamed the attacks on ethnic incitement by politicians.

Speaking during a State Address Tuesday, the President said the attacks occurred due to the actions of "reckless leaders" and "hate mongers" who perpetuated the message that some "Kenyans are more Kenyan than others" and therefore deserve less compassion.

Without naming names Uhuru said the incident was instigated by "rhetoric laced with ethnic profiling of some Kenyans" days before the attack saying that these leaders had given examples of other countries where chaos had erupted in people maimed in a similar manner. The President said that there is "no constitutional protection of hate speech and abuses of free speech."

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