United States: US suspends aid to Kenyan health ministry over corruption concerns

Author(s): UNK | Date: May 9, 2017 | Language: English
Source: http://www.channelnewsasia.com/ | URL: https://goo.gl/8uDtq1 | Type: Text

The U.S. government has suspended US$21 million in direct aid to Kenya’s Ministry of Health amid concern over corruption, the embassy said on Tuesday, giving emphasis to an issue that is a growing liability for the government before August elections.
Support for HIV drugs and other health programs outside the ministry would continue, the embassy said, adding that the United States invests more than US$650 million on health in Kenya annually.
“We took this step because of ongoing concern about reports of corruption and weak accounting procedures at the Ministry,” the statement from the embassy said. “We are working with the Ministry on ways to improve accounting and internal controls.”
The announcement adds weight to a rising number of scandals plaguing the government of President Uhuru Kenyatta, who is seeking a second and final five-year term in presidential, parliamentary and local elections on Aug. 8.