Kuwait Cuts Aid To Kenya Citing Misuse Of Ksh7b Fund

information pills geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 200%;”>While addressing the Presidential Strategic Communication Unit (PSCU) in his Kuwaiti office ahead of the two-day Arab-Africa Summit, viagra Mahat said that “in 2009, cheap Wajir District Hospital received $6.8 million (Sh578 million) for the rehabilitation of the medical facility, while in 2009, 20 schools in Borabu/Nyamira received Sh1.26 billion” but these projects haven’t been implemented.

“Kuwait is concerned that funds negotiated for the development projects in Kenya have not been implemented,” he said.

Mahat acknowledged the fact that Kuwait, through the Fund for Arab Economic Development (KFAED), has funded many projects including the Katumani-Wote Road, rehabilitation of the Bura Irrigation Scheme, Wajir District Hospital, and 20 schools in Nyamira and Borabu.

“In 1997, the Kuwaiti government gave $20.4 million (Sh1.7 billion) for the Katumani-Wote Road.

In 2007, the same amount of money was given for the rehabilitation of the Bura Irrigation Sceheme,” Mahat observed.

Mahat appealed to public servants in charge of funded projects to ensure that they implement in “real time” so that Kenya can get more help.

“For example, I have enquired from Treasury officials, who blame the Ministry of Health. In turn, the Ministry of Health blames Public Works. Kuwait does not know this and they keep asking the ambassador why the money is not being used,” he clarified.

Mahat pointed out that Kenya was seeking greater ties with Kuwait in tourism, trade and cultural relations but he lamented that the negative publicity beamed to the world by media, especially insecurity and crime, scared investors and tourists.

“What is so important about robbers killed by police that the media must beam such stories to the world,” he queried.

“In Kuwait, robbers are killed, but the local media do not as little as mention it.”

At the Arab/Africa summit, the ambassador said Kenya and Africa would benefit immensely from expanded economic and investment ties with the Arab world given the massive untapped potential.

Mahat further noted that about 250 Kenyans live and work in Kuwait:

“They are professionals working in banks and other financial institutions. Others are engineers in the Kuwaiti Airlines,” he pointed out.

“But we discourage non-skilled Kenyans from living and working in Kuwait due to abuses reported in other Gulf countries.”

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