The government claims some opposition individuals in CORD are working with Kenya’s neighbours to cause trouble in the country and eventually execute a coup, but political analysts took the claim as a way to turn the public against opposition politicians who have been pressure on government.
Government Spokesman Eric Kiraithe said intelligence reports point to some people who are being funded to “create conditions of instability, insecurity, lawlessness and strife”.
He said the schemers are out to overthrow the government. “The Government considers these contemptible undertakings to be a betrayal of Kenya and Kenyans. These are acts of treason,” Mr Kiraithe said.
He said they will soon announce investigations findings and unmask the persons at the centre of the scheme. “In due course the government will be revealing the results of our investigations, and unmasking these despicable traitors,” he said.
Mr Kiraithe said a National Security Advisory Council meeting held on Monday resolved that those who collaborate with Kenya’s enemies are also enemies of the state. “Their acts will be met with the swift, full and unmitigated wrath of the law. We urge public patience on this matter and promise to be uncompromising in our quest for national security,” he said.
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Recently, the council claimed that CORD was planning a civilian coup and its demands for the replacement of the IEBC Commissioners was just a smokescreen. However CORD co-principal leader Moses Wetang’ula dismissed the allegations as “juvenile” and challenged the state to use its machinery to substantiate the “wild claims”.
The opposition has been at loggerheads with the government over the push for IEBC commissioners to quit office on grounds that the latter cannot be trusted with the management of the 2017 polls. (additional reporting by The Star)