Tuesday, November 24, 2009

US/Britain call for investigation on Ethiopian aid money

The US and Britain are calling for an investigation over how Ethiopia handles aid money. There have been accusations that Ethiopia has politicized who benefits from the aid money.

From this Daily Nation article that we found at All Africa, writer Argaw Ashine tells us more about the allegation and receives quotes from both sides.

A week ago, Ethiopia's main opposition group, the Forum for Democratic Dialogue accused the government of using its access to foreign-funded, anti-poverty programmes to gain support for the ruling Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic Front.

Ethiopia scheduled a general election for May 2010.

"We are very much concerned about it," Mr Karl Wycoff, United Sates deputy assistant secretary of state, told reporters in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa.

Ethiopian authorities denied the allegation. Mr Mitiku Kassa Minister for disaster and emergency told the Nation his government was trying to investigate the issue however the allegation is 'baseless'. "We are always doing our humanitarian work regardless of any discrimination" Mr Mitiku said.

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