The United Kingdom has suspended aid to Uganda with immediate effect over the corruption scandal that has since rocked the Office of the Prime Minister.
Britain’s international development department, or DFID, said in a statement on Friday that it was suspending development assistance immediately “as a result of initial evidence” from an ongoing audit.
Britain planned to give £27m (about $42m) to the East African country this year.
“Unless the government of Uganda can show that UK taxpayers’ money is going towards helping the poorest people lift themselves out of poverty, this aid will remain frozen,” the international development ministry said.
Uganda’s auditor general reported last month that money intended to help develop areas devastated by the war against the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) rebels had been stolen