Germany withholds funds from Uganda

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The German government has decided to withhold €100 million of funds it had pledged to Uganda for refugee resettlement annually.

Germany’s decision follows that of the United Kingdom which suspending funding after a UN investigation of Uganda’s refugee program in 2018 found evidence of corruption costing millions of dollars and misconduct.

The scandal came to light when a whistleblower within the Ugandan government notified donors that large sums of money had been withdrawn from the account where it was deposited.

A joint investigation conducted by the United Nations, the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF) and Uganda’s government then discovered that the number of refugees in Uganda was inflated and resources intended to provide for refugees had been stolen.

So far, no steps have been taken against anyone in Uganda. This has led donors to question the country’s commitment to investigating the matter, hence the decision by Germany and the UK to withhold funds.

 

Via DW

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