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US refutes funding anti-govt protests in Kenya

The United States Government has refuted claims by Kenya that it (US) is funding anti-government protests in the East African nation. In a statement released here by US Ambassador to Kenya Robert Godec, the US said it is a strong and committed partner of Kenya and has been so 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 destabilise the Government of Kenya, are false,' the Ambassador said.

'Reflecting the U.S. commitment to our partnership, we work with the Kenyan government and civil society throughout the country on security, health, education, conflict prevention, agriculture, and in many other areas,' he added.

Kenya, through the National Security Advisory Committee (NSAC) chairman Francis Kimemia, who is also Secretary to the Cabinet, Thursday accused USAID of planning to destabilise the Kenya government by sponsoring street demonstrations across the country.

He made the claim on the same day that police dispersed a demonstration, by a lobby group in Nairobi, to protest what the activists called President Uhuru Kenyatta's poor leadership.

Kimemia claimed the state security organ had information detailing how USAID has been 'funding demonstrations geared towards toppling the government using activists'.

Pana 15/02/2014