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As Americans tightened their belts to pay federal taxes on time, the Obama administration is exploring what appears to be every way possible to use U.S. taxpayer dollars to stimulate the economy – in Kenya.
“Kenyan businesses lately are increasingly becoming recipients of U.S. government largesse, as the Obama Administration, among pursuing other endeavors aims to expand ‘livestock-related economic opportunities’ in that nation,” the watchdog newsletter wrote April 14.
Amid the “spike of activity” in Kenya is a U.S. government contract committing to a five-year effort to “improve the inclusiveness and competitiveness” of the livestock industry in Marsabit and Garissa counties in Kenya.
“REAL-AG is intended to be a five-year activity which deepens USAID investment in Marsabit and Garissa, Kenya,” the program pre-solicitation read. “The procurement will improve the inclusiveness and competitiveness of the livestock value chain in these two counties, while furthering diverse livestock-related economic opportunities.”
While the pre-solicitation neglected to say how much money would be awarded in the REAL-AG program, the contracting office was listed as the USAID office in Nairobi, Kenya.
The Carana website further suggested Kenyan nationals would be hired to manage the program as “Value Chain advisors” to work with micro-finance institutions and banks to provide financing to “farmers, farmer groups, agro-enterprises and a wide range of local and regional partners to enhance the quality, availability and utilization financial services oriented toward agriculture.”
The USAID country page for Kenya indicates USAID support for microenterprises through Development Credit Authority loan guarantees to microfinance institutions.
The USAID Kenya country page features a photograph of a mother who used a USAID-sponsored microfinance loan to buy a dairy cow, noting, “Proceeds from the milk sales are helping pay her children’s school fees.”
The U.S. Trade Monitor noted that other notable U.S.-funded Kenyan projects in 2012 include the launching of a National Institutes of Health-led initiative to hire contractors to conduct genetic research of Kenyans with Type-2 diabetes.
Separately, the U.S. Trade Monitor pointed out, the U.S. Army embarked upon a survey of potential vendors to provide helicopter flight-training simulators to the Kenyan government.
WND previously reported the Obama administration secretly spent $23 million of U.S. taxpayer dollars in 2010 to fund a “Yes” vote on a constitutional referendum that ultimately passed, along with provisions that increased access to abortions in Kenya and established legal status for Islamic law tribunals.