Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki on Tuesday dared ministers unhappy with his fragile coalition to quit or risk being sacked and said the government would not disintegrate despite deep divisions.

The United States banned an unnamed Kenyan official linked to official corruption, after Kibaki’s own vice-president accused cabinet colleagues on Monday of stealing public money to fund their parties’ election campaigns.

Kibaki formed the unity government in 2008, with former rival Raila Odinga as prime minister, to end post-election violence which killed 1,300 people and displaced 300,000.

Many Kenyans are disillusioned with the coalition because of its failure to stem economic decline, stop corruption, push constitutional reforms and rein in security forces accused of hundreds of extra-judicial killings, opinion polls show.

Kibaki, trying to hold his cabinet together, issued a statement challenging disgruntled ministers “to quit or risk being sacked.”

“Those noisemakers will not distract the grand coalition government from implementing her priority programmes designed to empower Kenyans economically,” he said.

Ministers from Odinga’s Orange Democratic Party (ODM) have accused Kibaki, 77, of short-changing them when handing out posts in the 41-strong cabinet. He has also been accused of being aloof and out of touch with the needs of ordinary Kenyans.

On Monday Vice-President Kalonzo Musyoka launched an uncharacteristically scathing attack on cabinet colleagues, accusing them of stealing public money to fund their parties for the next election in 2012



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