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Ugandans appeal to Norway not to cut aid

Published on Tuesday, 4th December, 2012 at 14:37 under the news category, by Godfrey Olukya.
Last Updated on 4th December 2012 at 14:52.

A cross-section of Ugandans has appealed to the government of Norway to rethink its aid stop decision to the country due to rampant corruption.



Norway halted the funds after last month’s report by Uganda's auditor general showed that some civil servants had swindled the money.

The misused NOK 27 million funds were intended to help develop areas left devastated by the war against the Lord's Resistance Army rebels.

Norway was the first donor country to cancel aid because of the corruption. Four others later joined the Scandinavian country, withholding NOK 85 million total.

USD 285 million (approximately NOK 1.6 billion) in aid to Uganda is now being withheld by the EU, the World Bank, the UK, and a number of other donor countries.

Over twenty government officials have been suspended pending investigations so far. 

Ugandan Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi, in whose office the money was alleged swindled, has resisted calls for him to take responsibility for the scandal.

Meanwhile, MPs have taken the issue of corruption seriously and are drafting a tough law against the vice.
Local papers in Uganda quoted Arvinn Eikeland Gadgil, Norway’s Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs as saying, “It is particularly serious that the Office of the Prime Minister in Uganda is implicated in one of the most severe corruption cases involving Norwegian aid funds.”

“Uganda needs to make a far more credible effort to clear up this corruption scandal,” he declared at a recent meeting with Ugandan Minister of Finance and Economic Planning Maria Kiwanuka in Oslo.

Mr Gadgil reportedly added that Norway cannot provide any more funding if the money it sends to Uganda is simply being pocketed by corrupt officials.

“I expressed my disappointment to Minister Kiwanuka at what the Ugandan authorities have done so far to clear up this scandal,” stated Mr Gadgil.

“Norway and the other donors have three demands: that the stolen funds are repaid in full, those responsible are duly prosecuted and that new, reliable systems for managing aid in the future are put in place. I expect Minister Kiwanuka to do everything in her power to restore our trust in Uganda in the time ahead,” he added.

At the same time, religious leaders in Uganda under their umbrella organization the 'Inter religious council of Uganda' have asked that donors started channeling aid through civil society organizations rather than halting extending help to poor Ugandans.

“We believe that there are good organizations that have passed the test of time and can ably account for funds”, said acting chairperson Ali Waiswa, “let our donors reconsider their decision and try to identify such organizations.”



Published on Tuesday, 4th December, 2012 at 14:37 under the news category, by Godfrey Olukya.
Last updated on 4th December 2012 at 14:52.

This post has the following tags: norwayuganda, norwayaidmoney, ugandacorruption.





  
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