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Police investigate 20m kronor Sida fraud

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13:20 CET+01:00
Police in Sweden are investigating allegations that 20 million kronor of Swedish funding for projects in Kenya has disappeared over the last ten years.

Sida - the Swedish Agency for International Development Cooperation - says it first became aware of irregularities in June. But the senior lawyer at the agency, Lars Hobert, told TT that the matter has been so sensitive that only people closely involved have been informed.

In the report to the police, a Sida consultant is named in connection with a serious breach of trust or serious fraud. The organisation which handled the money from Sida is also mentioned in the police report. Both the consultant and the organisation are suspected of criminal activity.

In February the man leading Kenya's fight against corruption, John Githongo, resigned having failed to put a stop to the rampant corruption in the country.

He was in charge of President Mwai Kibaki's Department for Ethics and Governance, but met fierce opposition from within the government itself.

Kenya is one of the biggest beneficiaries of Swedish aid and will receive 730 million kronor between 2004 and 2006.

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