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Daily Nation : February 15th 2014
SATURDAY NATION February 15, 2014 News 15 CULTURE | Pupils showcase talent Report on USAid ‘won’t affect Kenya-US ties’ BY NATION REPORTERS The bond between Kenya and the US will not be affected by reports that a development agency from the North American country is sponsoring demonstrators in an attempt to subvert the Jubilee Government. The National Security Advisory Com- mittee on Thursday said it had ordered the Foreign Affairs ministry to summon US Agency for International Development (USAid) officials over claims the agency planned to destabilise the government by sponsoring street demonstrations across the country. The order was made in a statement dated February 12 signed by Secretary to the Cabinet Francis Kimemia, who also chairs the committee. Credible intelligence The committee said it had credible intel- ligence documents to back its claims. The US has described the allegations as false, saying its 50-year partnership with Kenya is as strong as ever. But yesterday, State House spokesman Manoah Esipisu said the incident would not affect relations between the two countries. “I wouldn’t say this would affect relations with the US,” he told Saturday Nation. “Any government has a right to say what it wants if it feels dissatisfied by the actions of other governments (it has a relationship with),” Mr Esipisu said. He said the incident would also not be a consideration on whether President Kenyatta would honour an invitation by US President Barack Obama in August. PHOTO I CORRESPONDENT Pupils of Shah Lalji Nangpar Academy in Nakuru showcase their modelling skills during the school’s culture week that ended yesterday. ELECTIONS | Blow for Namwamba MPs in Coast back Zani for top ODM post Victory for Raila as lawmakers endorse Nominated senator for secretary-general BY REBECCA OKWANY @beckyakinyi rokwany@Ke.nationmedia.com AND NEHEMIAH OKWEMBAH @Okwembah firstname.lastname@example.org general post got a boost yesterday after the party’s Coast MPs pledged their support. They also said they would N back Mombasa Governor Ali Hassan Joho for the position of deputy party leader, MP Suleiman Dori as deputy organising secretary and Nominated MP Zulekha Hassan as secretary for international relations. Earlier, the MPs were divided in their support for Dr Zani and one of her rivals, Budalang’i MP Ababu Namwamba. Fifteen MPs from the region were categorical that they would “not support any projects”, but would rally behind party leader Raila Odinga. However, yesterday, they appeared to change their tune and threw their support ominated Senator Agnes Zani’s bid for the ODM secretary- behind Dr Zani. They also formed a seven-member committee to assess her popularity in all the 47 counties. “We are throwing our weight behind all our people who have expressed interest in national positions in the ODM,” said Wundanyi MP Thomas Mwadeghu. The team, he added, would hold negotiations with representatives from other regions and report back their findings to help craft the most likely winning formula. 15 Number of Coast MPs who insisted they would not support any ‘projects’ Kilifi Governor Amason Kingi said they had decided to initiate the negotiations on realising that “votes from the region alone will not be enough to give us victory”. The committee, to be chaired by Mr Mwadeghu, will visit all the counties and present its report in a week. At the same time, the Coast leaders reiterated their support for Kilifi North MP Gideon Mungaro as the minority chief whip. He also attended the briefing. ODM will hold its elections on February 28.
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