Kenya's Minister for Constitutional Affairs, Mr Charles Njonjo, has officially dismissed rumours that he was being groomed by a foreign power to take over from President Daniel Arap Moi.
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SCU Mr Charles Njonjo speaking at news conference (SOT) (3 shots)
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NJONJO: "I am, and have always been loyal to our President, His excellency Daniel Arap Moi. I believe we all, politicians and others and indeed the Press, have more important jobs to do to rally behind our president in his difficult task of leading us and leading his nation. Let me say categorically that I am not being groomed by any foreign power or powers, for any office in this country, as has been suggested by certain politicians, and the Press in this country. I oppose, and would oppose any attempt, by any foreign power, to interfere in Kenya's affairs. My stand on the sanctity of our constitution and our constitutional process, is well known. I have the fullest confidence in the appropriate authorities in our country to carry out any necessary investigation to unearth whoever this person is that a foreign power is trying to impose on us. I believe it is in a situation as we are today, situation like this, that one knows who his friends and enemies are."
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Background: Kenya's Minister for Constitutional Affairs, Mr Charles Njonjo, has officially dismissed rumours that he was being groomed by a foreign power to take over from President Daniel Arap Moi. Mr Njonjo, speaking on his return from abroad on May 16, said he was loyal to President Moi. The news conference was aimed at refuting rumours which started earlier in May, when President Moi told a political rally that unnamed foreign powers were grooming a local politician to replace him. He did not say which foreign powers, but diplomats generally believed he was directing his remarks at Kenya's closest supporters, including Britain. Since then, the national Press has published daily articles speculating on the identity of the alleged traitor. On May 17, President Moi announced that elections scheduled for 1984 would take place in September this year, because he was not satisfied with the loyalty of some national leaders. Mr Njonjo and the Vice-President, Mr Mwai Kibaki, are the two most powerful politicians after the President.