Kenyan Government Admits Failure to Distribute Funds to Fight HIV/AIDS Following U.S. Ambassador's Criticism
February 3, 2005
The Kenyan Ministry of Health on Wednesday admitted a day after a speech by U.S. Ambassador to Kenya William Bellamy that it has failed to distribute $54 million in funding to fight HIV/AIDS, the AP/CNN International reports. Bellamy in a speech on Tuesday said that government inefficiency is threatening the disbursement of millions of dollars in funding to fight the disease, according to the AP/CNN International. Richard Abura, a Kenyan health ministry spokesperson, said that the "delay" in distributing the money was caused by conditions set by the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund, according to the AP/CNN International. Abura said the conditions included contracting an agency to ensure that the funds are "well spent" and hiring 78 accountants to manage the money, the AP/CNN International reports. Abura said that the government took nine months to meet the conditions and approved hiring the accountants on Wednesday (Ngowi, AP/CNN International, 2/2).
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