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Donald Trump's administration may seek strict accountability for any future aid to Kenya
By Richard Miriti | Updated Jan 27, 2017 at 11:39 EAT
 The last decade has seen Kenya as one of the top aid recipients from the United States. Most of the humanitarian aid money helped in the fight against malaria and HIV/AIDs.
Department of State data shows Kenya in the period of 1997 through 2017 as the second highest aid recipient in the Sub-Saharan Africa to a tune of $618.5 million.It is second to Egypt which received $1.4billion. Since president Trump took office, he has used his business negotiation skills to either kill or revise past U.S international agreements on trade. President Trump has also questioned the past uses of U.S tax payer’s money in different parts of the world. In all scenarios president Trump weighed on how U.S benefits by committing resources to different countries. For the last half, a decade Kenya has stepped up efforts in fighting terrorism inside and outside its borders. These efforts have not gone unnoticed because in the past U.S regimes Kenya received substantial military aid.

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This kind of assistance may be reviewed but it is most likely that the aid won’t be cut off. However, assistance on other issues like healthcare may take a big hit because U.S happens to look into its own health care overhaul before committing tax payer’s money into other countries. Kenya is one of the nation of the world that has suffered under religious terrorism orchestrated by Al-Qaeda franchise, Al-Shabaab. Unlike many countries in the Middle East, Kenya is not sending refugees and asylum seekers in the U.S. As a matter of fact, Kenya has been a home to hundreds of refugees in the last couple of decades. Kenya has suffered greatest blow in hosting the refugees from Somalia because it was from the refugee camps that most devastating terror attacks were planned. Kenya is currently in the process of closing down the biggest refugee camp in Africa and building a wall that will prevent terrorist agents from launching further attacks from Somalia.  Trump administration, on the other hand, seeks to introduce extreme vetting for refugee immigrants and visa holders from Yemen, Syria, Iran, Iraq, Sudan, Libya, and Somalia. The new administration also seeks to build a southern Border to curb illegal immigration from Mexico. Kenya is not viewed as a hostile country but the security situation has been viewed negatively. The new administration may seek strict accountability for any future aid. Here is why Kenya may still enjoy military aid.

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