Will EU’s freeze on aid solve the Kenya crisis?

I have been keenly following the crisis in Kenya both on radio and television. Kenya is a country that has been known for having one of the brightest economies in Africa, but it could soon be no more.

I have been keenly following the crisis in Kenya both on radio and television. Kenya is a country that has been known for having one of the brightest economies in Africa, but it could soon be no more.

The post election violence is dragging on with new deaths being registered every other day of peaceful demonstrations staged by sympathisers of opposition leader Raila Odinga.

Different remedies that include peaceful dialogue have been sought but it seems like they aren’t working out so well. Now, the crisis is taking a new twist with the European Union (EU) wanting to call for a ban on aid to the East African country.

The EU is one of Nairobi’s top donors, providing 290 million euros between 2002 and 2007. The European parliament “asks for the freezing of all further budgetary support to the government of Kenya until a political to the political crisis has been found,” the MPs said in a resolution recently.

Now, a few days ago, I heard a Kenyan government official speaking on one of BBC’s programs, arguing  that the decision the EU wants to take will not affect Kenya in any way, and that the Kenyan government doesn’t mind loosing the aid from the large community that comprises of over twenty countries.

In my view, the aid may be taken away, but this may not conclusively mean that the Kenya crisis will have ended. The Kenya unrest is an internal problem that needs an internal solution from Kibaki’s government.

The Kenyan people especially those that have been displaced, will continue to lack humanitarian assistance as the wealth politicians live descent lives.

For the sake of poor Kenyans, the EU should not give up on pressing for an internal solution because; ‘When two elephants fight it is the grass that suffers’. 

Kimironko, Gasabo district

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