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Crisis! Museveni meets British envoy after UK threatens to withdraw funding over OPM scandal

President Museveni meets British Envoy Peter West at Nakasero. (PHOTO/PPU)

NAKASERO – President Yoweri Museveni has met and held talks with the British High Commissioner to Uganda, Mr. Peter West, who called on him at State House, Nakasero.
Mr. Museveni and his guest discussed bilateral issues between Uganda and Britain as well as regional issues.

Sources told this website that Museveni and Mr. West discussed the blatant corruption scandal at Office of the Prime Minister where the United Nations found that millions of dollars of aid money had been stolen in Uganda officials.

The scandal forced a number of international donors including German and the United Kingdom to withhold funds they had promised Kampala for refugee resettlement annually.

German last week announced that it had partially stopped its funding in a bid to force Uganda to speed up investigations.

Four donors – Britain, Germany, the European Union and the United States — contributed almost 80 per cent of 2017 funding.

All of them threatened to withdraw their funding after the corruption claims were voiced.

In December 2017, 16 donor countries issued a statement calling for the prosecution of those responsible.

Germany is Uganda’s second biggest donor after the United Kingdom, which provides more than $19 million. The UK halted its funding in February.

The news website New Humanitarian wrote that the UK’s Department for International Development confirmed that funding to UNHCR Uganda had been frozen.

Meanwhile, Mr. Museveni informed the envoy that the region is experiencing improved political stability before asked the High Commissioner to look into matters related to possible support to Ugandans who are engaged in farming of strawberries.
Mr. West commended the Government of Uganda for the efforts in the sector of infrastructure development.
“My visit to some parts of the country, particularly in Western Uganda’s Bundibugyo District, showed me ‘fantastic technical work’ on the roads,” he observed.

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