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It's high time Kenya dumped the donors

25 January 2013, 15:40 Orodi Paul

We have now come of age and the donors need not be a part of our everyday talk.

At 50 years, I don’t think there is any son or daughter can continue to be housed by their parents or guardians.

Donors have been a part of Kenya’s talk since the 60’s and the entire country has remained a beggar due to this simple fact.

Having achieved a status of developing economy, it is high time the treasury and other organisations stopped looking to the west for funds.

It is a bad habit to continue relying on these so-called developed nations to boost us towards better development.

When are we going to stand on our own and own our development processes?

Very many banners and posters have filled our country bearing names of the European Union, Norwegian Church Council, Swedish Development Corporation and so many others.

What a pity that we cannot even acknowledge that these countries are being faced with major financial issues and other social problems!

No country is ‘fine’ - that is a fact we need to embed in our minds.

The youths and NGOs have been on the forefront seeking donor funds to carry out projects and programs.

This is not a bad thing but for how long can this go on?

It has made us very unethical and fraudulent since when the large chunks of monies come through, the organisations start by paying their officials hefty packs and leaving very little to implement the ‘projects’ or ‘programs’.

What we need is a systems overhaul so that the organisations are able to adopt new ways of generating funds to run their operations.

I love the manner in which the Kenya Revenue Authority has all along wanted to treat the NGOs and churches.

It is only fair to have them taxed so as to contribute towards the national revenue.

They cannot be getting hundreds of millions at time billions of shillings only to have them operate in a manner that they cannot remit taxes.

Look around the country - we have been getting donor funding for more than 40 years and what can we show for it?

Project proposals have been drafted to attract monies for projects such as eradication of poverty, elimination of certain practices e.g. FGM, development of social assets and many other things but there is no much to show for these.

We can cry foul that the handlers did not do a good job but the fact remains; the trend continues.

More monies are flooding the country and some NGO fellows are flocking the upmarket areas looking for lavish lifestyles at the expense of donors and KRA.

It is high time the donors told it to our face, “start generating funds that will enable you run your affairs!”

This is the only way to own our developments as a country.

Teach a man how to fish and he will eat for as long as he lives but feed him and he will always depend on you.

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