Donors suspend key funding – 31 Jan 08

Donors suspend key funding

Donors have suspended funding worth millions of dollars to one of the most important government programmes. The affected programme is the Governance, Justice, Law and Order Sector Reform Programme. State agencies benefiting from the programme dating back to 2005 will lose funds to the tune of Sh2.9 billion. The decision follows the post-election crisis sparked by the disputed vote tallying of the December 27 General Election, in which the Electoral Commission is perceived to have favoured Mr Mwai Kibaki for President against Mr Raila Odinga.
Major donors had earlier warned Kenya that they would not be conducting “business as usual” if the crisis persisted.

A letter to ministries, departments and agencies, said the Governance, Justice, Law and Order Sector Reform Programme Basket Fund Development Partners had reached a joint decision to stop any new commitments until further notice. The programme’s chief technical coordinator Jacques Cartens, said the decision was short term, and would be reviewed regularly.

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