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Citing Corruption Concerns, Netherlands Suspends Aid to Kenya


The government of the Netherlands has suspended education, environment and water programs in Kenya, citing concerns over corruption.

In a statement, the Dutch government said it was suspending aid worth nearly $150 million to the east African country, because it has not seen enough proof the Kenyan government is fighting corruption.

The Dutch government said it will continue to fund judicial reform and good governance programs.

The government of Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki has been hit by two major multimillion dollar corruption scandals that have forced the ministers of energy, finance and education to resign.

Kenya's vice president, central bank governor, former intelligence and security ministers and other officials are being investigated in connection with the scandals.

Mr. Kibaki won the presidency in 2002 and pledged to root out the systemic corruption that marked former President Daniel arap Moi's 24 years in power.

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