[mgj-discuss] Kenyan MP wants to Censure the IMF and WB
phipco at riseup.net
Tue Mar 14 11:41:07 PST 2006
Ok, just one more article for today.
Plans to censure WB, IMF
Projects initiated by the two institutions have always flopped
By Times Team
MWEA Member of Parliament, Alfred Nderitu, says he will introduce a
motion in Parliament to censure the Bretton Wood Institutions for
scheming to cripple the Kenyan economy.
Speaking to Kenya Times yesterday, Nderitu singled out the World Bank
as ?one of the most unreliable development partners in Kenya.?
He accused the WB for pushing Kenya to implement some policies that
have no relevance to the country?s socio-political and economic spheres.
He cited the bank?s directive that the Government retrench civil
servants in the 1990s and early 2000 as some of the unfavourable
conditions to the country?s economy.
Nderitu said the project flopped because most civil servants who were
retrenched and paid Sh40,000 in golden handshake were still fresh in
their jobs and had hardly served a year in the civil service.
He said the WB had promised to avail Sh200,000 for each retrenchee, yet
this was never honoured. He said freezing recruitment of teachers,
doctors and nurses has also impacted negatively on the provision of
He said most schools and hospitals in the country are faced with acute
shortage of staff translating to skewed student teacher ratio as well
as deaths in our hospitals.
Nderitu said it is common knowledge that the Narc Government did not
ask for funds from the WB noting that Kenya has been drawing its
national budgets without factoring in external funds.
At the weekend, the country?s WB director, Dr Colins Bruce said the
institution would withhold Sh19 billion to Kenya ?owing to the
government?s dragging of feet in economic reforms.?
Nderitu said Kenya?s domestic debts currently stands at Sh700,000
billion. The debt has accumulated ever since Kenya gained independence.
He said any future borrowing from the institutions would be endorsed by
Parliament after a comprehensive project proposal seeking funds has
been tabled and discussed in the House to check corruption in the
Elsewhere the National council of women of Kenya (NCWK) has called upon
the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to continue
withholding donor funding until the government shows commitment to
eradicate corruption and uphold freedom of press.
The NCWK Rift Valley chapter chairperson, Ms Jennifer Masis, said the
World Bank acted right by suspending Sh19 billion to the Kenyan
government for failure to deal with rampant corruption.
Masis also said the withholding of Sh23.5 billion by the IMF should be
upheld until the government streamlined its approach on transparency
and accountability in the handling of donor funds.
Speaking to reporters in Eldoret yesterday, Masis said the donor aid
should be suspended until corruption cases such as the Anglo Leasing
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