Agence France-Presse (AFP)
April 1, 2005
Nairobi: Canada warned yesterday that foreign donors are losing interest in helping Kenya due to mounting allegations of massive government corruption in the east African country.
“Unfortunately, the sad reality is that allegations of grand corruption involving senior levels in government officials are holding back donors like Canada from deepening their assistance to Kenya,” Ottawa’s ambassador in Nairobi said.
“Despite repeated affirmations from all levels of ‘zero tolerance’ towards corruption, donor and certainly Canadian confidence is waning,” Canadian High Commissioner Jim Wall told reporters.
“There are repeated allegations that during the mandate of the current government already well-established cabals of corrupt individuals have reasserted their influence and have dealings with the government,” he said.
Despite the negative tone of his comments, Wall made the remarks at a ceremony at which he signed a deal with Kenyan Finance Minister David Mwararia under which Canada will give Kenya 12.5 million Canadian dollars (US$10.2 million, 7.9 million euros) to improve its justice and education sectors.
Mwiraria said the Kenyan Anti-Corruption Commission (KACC) had recommended prosecutions in three of 20 dubious corrupt government deals identified earlier this year by British High Commissioner to Kenya Edward Clay.
The remaining dossiers are still under investigation, he said.