Kenyan health ministries short funding despite terror threat

Kenyan public health experts recently complained that, despite the growing threat from bioterrorism, non-communicable diseases and outbreaks among the refugee population in the country's north, not enough funding is being given to the public health sector.

Kenyan Health Services Permanent Secretary Mary Ngari said that both of the country's health ministries were allocated only half of the $20 million they asked for, according to

It remains unclear as to whether Nairobi will take Ngari's concerns seriously. Earlier in the year, the Kenya Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission urged the government to charge Ngari and other senior officials at the Ministry of Medical Services with corruption. The EACC alleges Ngari and others at the ministry are responsible for approving expenditures contrary to government financial regulations and misappropriating nearly $70,000 in funding.

Recently, Kenya has been a target of several terrorist plots originating among its Somali population. In September, Kenyan police disrupted a major terrorist attack while it was in its final stages of planning. The men involved, including would-be bombers and the masterminds behind the plan, are suspected of having ties to the Somalia-based terrorist group al-Shahab, according to the New York Times.

Anti-terror police have been accused of exacerbating tensions with local Muslim groups in Mombasa, the country's second largest city. There have been a string of alleged extrajudicial killings blamed on police and several suspected of terrorist sympathies have disappeared, according to

"Whenever we come across anybody who may be associating with al-Shabab or any other militia groups like al-Qaida or other terrorist groups, then we are able to deal with this particular person quite rightly to distort their operations and disorientate them completely so that they do not create any kind of crimes within the region," Aggrey Adoli, the Coast province police chief, said, reports.