Donors to Kenya: Reimburse Stolen Aid Money

The U.K., Canada, the World Bank and UNICEF want to recover misappropriated aid funding meant to support the education of poor Kenyan children. The donors also called for the prosecution of officials involved in squandering the aid money that should have gone to textbooks and the schooling of Kenyan children.

Some USD100 million has allegedly been stolen from the Kenyan Ministry of Education, The Vancouver Sun reports.

“We will go after every penny of British taxpayers’ money that has been stolen and those responsible for fraud must be prosecuted through the Kenyan courts. The British Government will not tolerate corruption,” U.K. Secretary of State for International Development Andrew Mitchell said in a statement.

The U.K. will no longer channel funding through Kenya’s education ministry, Alistair Fernie, head of the U.K. Department for International Development in Kenya and Somalia, was cited by The Associated Press as saying.

The donors said the reimbursed funds and future funding for education in Kenya will be directed to programs not controlled by the government, AP reports. 

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    Ma. Rizza Leonzon

    As a former staff writer, Rizza focused mainly on business coverage, including key donors such as the Asian Development Bank and AusAID.