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Britain suspends budget support to Uganda

The United Kingdom has suspended aid to Uganda after initial investigations into the misuse of aid in the office of the Prime Minister revealed diversion of funds to private accounts.

UK’s Secretary for International Development Justine Greening said in a statement Friday that all direct UK aid to Uganda, one of East Africa’s largest aid beneficiaries, would remain suspended as investigations continue.

The aid provided through the Department of International Development (DFID) would remain suspended and Ugandan government would be requested to refund the full amount of 26.9 million Pounds Sterling partly in budget spending.

“Britain has suspended all UK aid spent through Ugandan government. This is a result of initial evidence emerging from our ongoing forensic audit of the office of Prime Minister, which indicates aid money may have been misused,” a spokesman for the DFID said in a statement.

“We are extremely concerned by these preliminary findings and we will assess the decision further when we have considered the full findings of the report,” the DFID statement announcing the aid suspension added.

The British aid cancellation follows those of Ireland, Sweden, Norway and Denmark, which have all frozen aid to the East African nation after an audit revealed some losses.

The Ugandan parliament is currently investigating the abuse of the public funds totaling Ugandan shillings 50 billion (US$19 million), thought to have been transferred into private accounts from the Office of the Prime Minister.


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