Britain Stops Aid To Uganda

Britain will stop aid to the Ugandan government after dodgy officials pilfered £1.3million approximately 5.2 billion shillings. 

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About 37.5 million Pounds meant to be sent to Uganda over two years is now to go directly to charities working with the poor.

It is the first time that Britain has cut grants to a government after corruption but the decision by Tory International Development Secretary Justine Greening is unlikely to placate opponents of overseas aid.

Greening, who has been leading the campaign for aid cuts to Uganda, is quoted by the Express as saying it cannot be business as usual.

The aid cuts are in relation to the Auditor General’s findings last year that unearthed theft of up to 50 billion shillings in the Prime Minister’s Office. The money meant for post war programmes in Northern Uganda was reportedly misappropriated by some staff at the Office of the prime Minister. One of the officials, Principal Accountant Geoffrey Kazinda, is currently serving a five-year jail term at Luzira Prison.

After the scandal, several countries including Britain, Ireland, Norway and Denmark suspended aid to the Ugandan government.

The paper quotes Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi as saying Police have undertaken extensive investigations in the affected ministries.

Last year, the UK’s total aid budget for Uganda was about 99 million pounds.

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