Monday, November 24, 2003

Kenya: likely to cut more civil servant jobs

Last Friday, the IMF ended a three-year freeze on foreign aid by granting Kenya a $252.8 million loan. They had stopped giving Kenya money because of the high level of corruption in the country.

And now the World Bank wants the country to cut the number of civil servants...
Speaking at a donor consultative group meeting in Nairobi, World Bank country director Makhtar Diop said Kenya had more civil servants than other African countries and one of the largest number of parastatals [state owned companies].

He, however, said the demand to make the Government less bloated and more efficient should not be seen as coming from donor countries.

The issue had been raised by President Kibaki himself and was part of the Narc manifesto, he said.