Crime & Investigation

Germany Demands Uganda To Step Up Action Against Corruption


side effects geneva;”>This followed Germany’s decision to reopen the aid taps that had been shut in the wake of the multi-billion graft scandal in the office of the Prime Minister.

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check geneva;”>German Development Minister Dirk Niebel, as part of his official trip to Uganda and Rwanda, has successfully completed bilateral intergovernmental negotiations on future development cooperation with Uganda.

Germany agreed to provide approximately 120 million Euro (Shs380bn) over the next three years for joint programs in energy, water supply and sanitation, as well as sustainable economic development.

As part of the negotiations, the German government minister warned that necessary reforms in the fight against corruption should be resolutely implemented.

Since last October, the Ugandan Courts have revealed misappropriation of donor funds from the international community, including Germany, with enacted consequences.

Former Principal Accountant in the office of the Prime Minister, Godfrey Kazinda, is facing court for allegedly masterminding the theft of billions of shillings of Peace Recovery and Development Programme (PRDP) funds earmarked for reconstruction efforts in war-torn Northern Uganda.

“Without effective and efficient public financial management, budget support in Uganda is not an option,” said Niebel on Friday.

“Germany recognizes the previous steps of the Ugandan government in the fight against corruption. Therefore, we will work directly to assist key institutions, such as auditors, finance and procurement agencies. This will strengthen the accountability and transparency in public finance,” explained Minister Niebel.

Human rights

Talks between government and Niebel also focused on the topic human rights.

Niebel emphasized that compliance with the human rights is a central prerequisite for German development cooperation. “What is important is the consideration of all Human rights. This includes assembly and freedom of the press, as well such as respect for the rights of minorities,” explained Niebel.

On May 30, Minister Niebel met with the chairman of the Human Rights Commission and the chairman of the Auditor General where he was informed about current issues and working conditions.


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