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Germany Halts Graft Funding to Kenya

Germany has joined the United States in suspending funding earmarked for anti-graft activities in Kenya, deepening President Mwai Kibaki's woes in his faltering war on graft that has drawn sharp domestic and international rebukes. German ambassador to Kenya Bernd Braun said late Friday that his nation was suspending aid worth 500 million shillings ($6.5 million dollars) because of the Kibaki government's "apparent inability to take effective measures against high-level corruption." A Kenyan treasury official confirmed the move on Saturday, which has underscored donors' concern on emergence of fresh allegations of sleaze. Earlier this month the United States also suspended 200 million shillings ($2.5 million) anti-graft funding to Kenya while the European Union -- the country's single largest collective donor -- along with Japan and Canada have warned they may review future aid programs. The decision follows the resignation on February 7 of Kibaki's chief advisor on corruption, John Githongo, who quit saying the government was unwilling to fight the sleaze in the country, where more than half of its 33.3 million people live on less than a dollar a day.