Uganda pledges to repay missing Irish aid

2012-11-05 22:02

Dublin - Uganda has said it will repay €4m in Irish aid misused by officials in the Ugandan prime minister's office, Irish Foreign Minister Eamon Gilmore announced on Monday.

Ireland suspended all government assistance to Kampala last month after an investigation by Uganda's auditor general found that millions of euros in aid had been funnelled into private accounts linked to the premier's office.

Two senior Ugandan officials are facing prosecution, while 17 have been suspended without pay while investigations continue, Gilmore said in a statement.

"I have received assurances from the highest level in the government of Uganda that they will repay in full the €4m in Irish aid funding which was misappropriated by corrupt officials," the foreign minister said.


"It is my sincere hope that these actions indicate a renewed determination on the part of Ugandan authorities to tackle corruption, which is an affront to Ugandan citizens and the citizens of countries such as Ireland who have supported the country through very difficult times."

Irish officials travelled to Kampala last month to investigate the fraud after a probe by Uganda's auditor general found significant financial mismanagement by the prime minister's office in relation to an aid programme, Gilmore said.

The Peace, Recovery and Development Programme for Northern Uganda, set up in 2007 to rebuild the region after decades of conflict, was funded by Ireland and other donors including Norway, Sweden and Denmark.

Ugandan Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi apologised to Ireland over the missing funding last month, insisting he had not known about its misuse.

Gilmore said 16 million euros of Irish funding that were due to Kampala this year will remain suspended while the investigation continues.

  • charl.odonovan - 2012-11-05 22:46

    Dumb Irish!!

      sheik.mohammad.378 - 2012-11-06 00:35

      Doesn't the West want to learn. Trust is not an African Government's strong point.

  • sally.lewitt - 2012-11-05 23:16

    Again.. It is the citizens that end up suffering.. {><}

  • digger.dighead - 2012-11-05 23:19

    Stop calling us is doing no good. We don't follow the Western way we have our African way, because this is Africa.

      Vernon Rudolph - 2012-11-06 00:47

      @digger dickhead.The African way!!!Ja right.Thats why South Africas economy is poer in his moer in.

      gerrit.vanbreda1 - 2012-11-06 07:13

      Then why do you need Western help, and money?

  • sheik.mohammad.378 - 2012-11-06 00:33

    JZ read this part ................... suspended without pay.

  • veldt66 - 2012-11-06 02:03

    We ar in recession & our tax money is being spent in east Africa. Grrrrrr

  • Johannes Bothma - 2012-11-06 05:20

    Now Uganda will beg 4 money from other nations as aid 2 pay off their debt!

  • Nigel - 2012-11-06 05:46

    TIA. Nothing will change.

  • henk.tredoux.7 - 2012-11-06 06:00

    Those terrible Colonials! How dare they? Africa has always been exploited, colonials just take from Africa......and so it goes on....Well done to the Irish! Let those "victims" pay back every cent with interest and stay away from them in future..... let them rot in their own greed and "wisdom"! About time they are exposed for the deceiving criminals they are! Charity starts at home!

  • Shaun Daly - 2012-11-06 07:14

    Ireland wont see a dime of that money.

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