By Kevin Kelley and Bernard Namunane
October 11, 2010
Nairobi — The United States spent Sh1.1 billion ($12.6 million) of its taxpayers money to oil the 'Yes' campaign in the August 4 referendum on the new Constitution, an investigation has revealed.
The findings by the inspector general of the United States Agency for International Development (USaid) sharply contradict the position of Obama administration officials who denied that the US took sides during the campaigns.
The USaid inspector general's investigations, which are yet to be made public, were conducted following a request by Republican party congressmen led by Mr Chris Smith.
Mr Smith accused the administration of violating a US law prohibiting the use of public funds to lobby for or against abortion.
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