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Kimemia accuses USAID of plot to destabilise Govt

According to NSAC Chairman Francis Kimemia, the committee has credible information detailing how the US donor agency has consistently funded demonstrations by activists/FILE

According to NSAC Chairman Francis Kimemia, the committee has credible information detailing how the US donor agency has consistently funded demonstrations by activists/FILE

NAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 13 – The National Security Advisory Committee (NSAC) wants the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to summon officials from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to give information over what it terms as “plans to topple the government using activists.”

According to NSAC Chairman Francis Kimemia, the committee has credible information detailing how the US donor agency has consistently funded demonstrations by activists.

Kimemia said that the organisation has used individuals including a defrocked pastor to slander parliamentarians.

“These plans include demos clandestinely planned, funded and led by two people (completion of investigations will reveal their full identities). A defrocked pastor has also been funded to pour vitriol on Parliament concurrently. NSAC noted that the planned youth revolution of 2012 sponsored by the US foreign agency is fresh in Kenyans’ minds,” he said in a statement.

Kimemia who is also the Secretary to the Cabinet further warned that plans to destabilise the Government will not be tolerated at any costs.

“The consistent plans to destabilise the current Government will not be tolerated at any costs, especially where activists are sustainably bribed to tarnish the country’s and leaders’ reputation regionally and internationally,” he went on to say.

He pointed out that it is a matter of national interest that USAID responds to these reports, in tandem with international protocols that regulate tolerance or expulsion of agencies that undermine the sovereignty of a legitimate and democratic Government.

Last month, USAID was in the spotlight again after lawyer Karim Khan for William Ruto told the International Criminal Court that the agency was using proxy civil societies to get witnesses for the court.

He also accused former US ambassador Michael Ranneberger of trying to get individuals to give evidence against Ruto before the ICC.

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