Politicians sourcing funding to destabilise Kenya – Kiraithe

May 25, 2016 11:44 am
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“We witnessed incidents which cannot be associated with any democratic process,” he said/FILE
“We witnessed incidents which cannot be associated with any democratic process,” he said/FILE

, NAIROBI, Kenya, May 25 – The government has launched an investigation against politicians it says are sourcing funds to destabilise the country.

Government Spokesman Eric Kiraithe says politicians whom he declined to name have been looking for funds in and out of the country to enable them execute their scheme.

Overview
  • Government Spokesman Eric Kiraithe says the politicians whom he declined to name, have been looking for funds in and out of the country to enable them execute their scheme.
  • “They are politicians who want to destabilise Kenya; to create the kind of extra-constitutional means they desire so that they can have political office,” he said.
  • While making reference to Monday’s chaos in Nairobi, Mombasa, Kisumu and Siaya, Kiraithe said the government will not allow a few leaders "to take the country back to the dark old days."

“They are politicians who want to destabilise Kenya; to create the kind of extra-constitutional means they desire so that they can have political office,” he said.

“If you had political ambitions and 2017 is the last possible opportunity to achieve them, you have to accept that you might not be able to do that. If you realise that within the law of the land you are not going to do it, you cannot and you will not be allowed to carry the whole country with you.”

While making reference to Monday’s chaos in Nairobi, Mombasa, Kisumu and Siaya, Kiraithe said the government will not allow a few leaders “to take the country back to the dark old days.”

“We witnessed incidents which cannot be associated with any democratic process,” he said.

Kiraithe condemned an incident in which he says a prison vehicle carrying “dangerous criminals” was intercepted by protestors with unknown motives.

During the protests, he said 29 police officers were injured as they tried to contain the rowdy protestors in Kisumu and Siaya.

“The government would want to make it very clear that any attempt to confront a police officer or storm a police station, will be met with necessary and proportionate force,” he warned. “The officers are there to enforce the law.”

He further said it was irresponsible for leaders to declare there will be no elections in 2017 if they fail to accomplish their political desires, saying the Constitution must be respected.

Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (CORD) leader Raila Odinga has warned that “there will be no elections” if the IEBC will not be disbanded.

Kiraithe however says voting is a constitutional right which no one can deny Kenyans.

“Kenyans everywhere should be ready. The elections will be there since the government exists to underwrite the democratic process and the Kenya Government will do exactly that,” he said.

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