An Obama administration plan to have U.S. military personnel oversee the construction of latrines for a Kenyan girls’ school has come to an abrupt halt, after WND’s exclusive report on the diversion of defense resources.
The U.S. Navy had been tasked with carrying out the project, which would have involved the construction of a building containing 16 female “dry-pit latrines” for the Mpeketoni Secondary School in Kenya, President Obama’s “home country,” as first lady Michelle Obama once publicly put it.
The Naval Facilities Engineering Command on Tuesday terminated the project without explanation, issuing a notice simply declaring, “This solicitation is hereby cancelled.”
WND’s article prompted an outcry from readers, thousands of whom redistributed the piece via Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and other social media. Many sent article links to their elected representatives, demanding congressional action on what they characterized as a misguided endeavor inappropriately and wastefully assigned to the U.S. Navy.
The report simultaneously came under attack from leftist groups such as People For the American Way.
The group’s Right Wing Watch – a project “dedicated to monitoring and exposing the activities of the right-wing movement” – simplistically accused WND of opposing aid to children who lack access to basic needs like sanitation.
Neither the Navy nor the U.S. Department of Defense press office responded by press time to a request for an explanation of what led to the cancellation.