NAIROBI, Kenya — The government Wednesday ordered nine more missionaries--eight Americans and one Canadian--out of Kenya, the U.S. Embassy said.
The missionaries have been accused of plotting to topple President Daniel Arap Moi's government. Kenya deported seven U.S. missionaries on similar charges on Friday.
In Washington, State Department spokesman Charles Redman dismissed the coup charge as "patently absurd."
"The reports of the alleged plot appear to be based on a memo which we believe to be a forgery," he added.
"The whole thing is a fraud. There is something really rotten here," said Dick Hamilton, one of the ousted missionaries.
Hamilton, 50, is Kenya director of the Oregon-based East African Christian Mission and deputy secretary of the Associated Christian Churches of Kenya.