Photo Credit: WNDStrengthening Kenya’s county governments, at cost to U.S. taxpayers of millions of dollars, could spark the redistribution of political power across the African republic, whose national government is viewed as one of the most notoriously corrupt in the world.
Efforts to bring about such decentralization, however, may inadvertently create 47 equally corrupt county systems, the Obama administration has acknowledged.
Obama, through the U.S. Agency for International Development, nonetheless intends to dole out upwards of $50 million in U.S. taxpayer funds to help the Kenyans get it right, according to contracting documents that WND discovered via routine database research.
One potential obstacle to accomplishing the task is the relatively recent discovery of significant oil resources in Kenya, USAID says.
Corruption, therefore, could magnify due to the lack of transparency between the government and the “land and extractive industries.”
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