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The Foreigner Norway demands Uganda aid refund. Norway has joined other donor requiring Uganda refund money allegedly misappropriated by government officials. The Scandinavian country, together with others Sweden and Denmark, as well as Ireland and Britain suspended donations to Uganda following discovery that a few government officials likely swindled most of the funds it sent there. This money was meant for the northern Uganda reconstruction programme, the area of the country ravaged by over 20 years of chaos by Joesph Kony-led rebels who attacked villages and killed civilians. The rebels’ activities there led to over two million people being displaced into internal people's camps and the deaths of many thousands.  Norway and other donors decided to donate money towards rehabilitation when peace returned to the area in 2008, Investigations by Uganda's auditor general revealed that some USD 14.4 million (about NOK 79.3 million) given as aid by the donor countries had been defrauded. Norway sent roughly USD 4.17 million (NOK 23 million) of this.

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Norway demands Uganda aid refund

Published on Tuesday, 29th January, 2013 at 18:06 under the news category, by Godfrey Olukya and Michael Sandelson   .

Norway has joined other donor requiring Uganda refund money allegedly misappropriated by government officials.



The Scandinavian country, together with others Sweden and Denmark, as well as Ireland and Britain suspended donations to Uganda following discovery that a few government officials likely swindled most of the funds it sent there.

This money was meant for the northern Uganda reconstruction programme, the area of the country ravaged by over 20 years of chaos by Joesph Kony-led rebels who attacked villages and killed civilians.

The rebels’ activities there led to over two million people being displaced into internal people's camps and the deaths of many thousands. 

Norway and other donors decided to donate money towards rehabilitation when peace returned to the area in 2008,

Investigations by Uganda's auditor general revealed that some USD 14.4 million (about NOK 79.3 million) given as aid by the donor countries had been defrauded. Norway sent roughly USD 4.17 million (NOK 23 million) of this.

Uganda's government newspaper' New Vision reported that Norway is only asking for partial refund because its aid was paid into a special account, making it easier to identify the amount of money misappropriated.

Police have arrested several government officials in Uganda suspected to have been involved in the scandal. They have been charged in court.

“It’s totally unacceptable that aid is being misused. Any form of corruption is a theft from the poor,” Norway’s International Development Minister Heikki Holmås told The Foreigner in a statement, Tuesday.

“Norway has a zero tolerance for corruption and monetary abuse. Norway has requested the money that has been abused be paid back. Uganda has agreed to refund the entire amount that has been revealed to have been misused,” he added.

According to Minister Holmås, “One bright spot in all of this is that the misuse of funds was revealed by Uganda’s own audit institution.”

“Norway has supported the development of the Office of the Auditor General of Uganda for many years. This case shows how important this cooperation is.”




Published on Tuesday, 29th January, 2013 at 18:06 under the news category, by Godfrey Olukya and Michael Sandelson   .

This post has the following tags: norwayugandaaid, ugandacorruption.


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