3rd December 2012
In view of the current debate surrounding anti-corruption, government is reiterating its efforts in leading the crusade.
However, I can confirm that the Germany government has suspended budgetary support to Uganda, in view of the financial missmanagement by some individuals at the Office of the Prime Minister, until such matters are resolved.
It is not true that the suspension is a result of false allegation by the UN group of experts that Uganda supports the M23 rebels in the DRC. Being a member of the UN Security council, The Federal Government of Germany is satisfied with Uganda’s role in the pacification of Eastern DRC, under the mandate of the International Conference of the Great Lakes Region that is currently chaired by President Museveni.
It is equally NOT true that the suspension of Aid is tagged to the current debate in parliament on Homosexuality.
Through its departments and agencies, Government of Uganda is undertaking administrative sanctions, is conducting criminal investigations and shall take prudent measures to strengthen public financial management.
The government, through its manifesto of the 2011 general elections promised zero tolerance of corruption in public offices. Ugandans can now see that zeal and government walking the talk, as more resources are directed towards the anti-corruption agencies.
It is through such efforts by government agencies that the media and civil society groups have propelled the exposure of the corrupt.
Ugandas development partners should take note that government is already implementing mechanisms that will ensure descipline in financial management.