Foreigners want regime change in 2017- Uhuru Kenyata

By FELIX OLICK @olickfelix

Foreigners want regime change in 2017- Uhuru

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First Lady Margaret Kenyatta, President Uhuru Kenyatta and Togo’s President Faure Eyadéma Gnassingbé leave Nyayo Stadium after the Jamhuri Day celebrations yesterday / REUTERS/ THOMAS MUKOYA

First Lady Margaret Kenyatta, President Uhuru Kenyatta and Togo’s President Faure Eyadéma Gnassingbé leave Nyayo Stadium after the Jamhuri Day celebrations yesterday / REUTERS/ THOMAS MUKOYA

PRESIDENT Uhuru Kenyatta has publicly claimed external powers are seeking to influence the 2017 Presidential poll results even as he pledged to concede if he is defeated in the epic race.

The Head of State at the same time gave his strongest hint yet that Kenya may join other countries in withdrawing from the ICC – an institution many have credited with the peaceful general election in 2013.

Speaking when he led the country in commemorating Kenya’s 52nd Independence Day, Uhuru said some global powers are bankrolling regime change in Kenya “in the guise of supporting good governance or civic education”.

Uhuru said the true intent of the donor countries is to influence Kenya’s electoral choices.

“I want to caution those members of the international community taking these actions that the Kenyan people do not look kindly on such actions,” he warned during the fete at the Nyayo National Stadium, Nairobi, attended by Togo’s President Faure Eyadéma Gnassingbé.

“I urge all Kenyans to reject such interference. This is our country, and no one should ever try and control our choices for their selfish interests.”

Making reference to claims that Russia interfered in the US Presidential election by hacking into party and personal computers, Uhuru said Kenyans have the right to make choices free of external interference.

The broadside appeared targeted at a resurgent civil society, a thorn in the flesh of the Jubilee administration.

Previously, Government Spokesman Eric Kiraithe had claimed that unnamed politicians are seeking funding from political players in the region to destabilise the Jubilee administration.

The initial government target was thought to be Opposition chief Raila Odinga, who spearheaded numerous street protests to force out the IEBC bosses.

As the President fired the warning salvo in his written Address to the Nation, police in the CBD, barely a kilometre from the Nyayo Stadium, fired teargas to disperse protesters, mainly civil society activists, who had taken to the streets to denounce high level graft in government.

Uhuru made little mention of the graft allegations levelled against his administration in recent years and months.

He said he has achieved what Kenyans elected him to do.

For the first time, Uhuru said he will no longer shy away from making reference to the successes of the National Youth Service’s programmes, despite the Sh1.8 billion NYS scandal.

He said Kenyans should draw a clear distinction between the positive impact of the NYS programmes and the deplorable mismanagement of the past

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