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Kenya to tighten legal review of NGOs

[JURIST] The Non-Governmental Organisations Co-ordinating Board of Kenya [government website] may be empowered to conduct tighter reviews of the legal status of NGOs operating in Kenya, after several members of the Kenyan Parliament [government website] raised loud objections over the weekend concerning a report detailing nearly 1 Billion in Kenyan Shillings that has been distributed to fake NGOs by the National Aids Control Council. The members of Parliament are proposing an amendment to the Non-Governmental Organisation Act of 1990 that would give the NGO Co-ordinating Board more power in investigating NGOs currently active in Kenya, and would have the power to shut down NGOs that do not meet their stated goals. The director of the NGO board, Sack Silatei, told a group of legislators that the waste of money into bogus NGOs will only get worse unless the Board is given more power. Kenya's Daily Nation has local coverage.

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