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Kenya president urges African states to shun aid

June 13, 2015

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — African countries must end their reliance on foreign aid, Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta has urged, saying the future of the continent cannot be left to outside forces.

In a message posted to his Twitter account Friday, Kenyatta says foreign aid often carries unacceptable conditions and is not a solid basis for prosperity and freedom in Africa.

Kenyatta’s remarks come ahead of an African Union summit meeting Saturday. Kenya’s relations with Western countries, who have been its key donors, have sometimes appeared strained since Kenyatta came to power in April 2013. Meanwhile Kenyatta has strengthened ties with China.

Kenyatta has previously accused the West of interfering in Kenya’s internal affairs. He made the accusation at an African Union heads of state meeting in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa in Oct 2013, during a time when he faced charges for crimes against humanity at the International Criminal Court. Kenyatta said the West was using the court as a tool for regime change. The ICC in December dropped the charges citing lack of evidence, interference and intimidation of witnesses.

Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto, along with radio journalist Joshua Sang, were accused of orchestrating violence after the flawed 2007 presidential elections which left more than 1,000 people dead. The trials of Ruto and Sang are still underway.

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