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Gov’t To Refund Lost Donor Funds As Mbabazi Plans To Sue Daily Mail

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page http://cmd-kenya.org/institute/wp-includes/simplepie/author.php geneva; font-size: small;”>Mbabazi was briefing the media on what actions the government was taking to restore confidence among development partners following the loss of billions of shillings in the OPM. The briefing was at his office on Friday.

more about http://craigpatchett.com/wp-includes/class-oembed.php geneva; font-size: small;”>Denmark, Ireland, Britain and Sweden contribute development aid to the PRDP account. However, three of them have suspended disbursements following the Auditor General’s report that billions of shillings could have been lost to thieving officials over two financial years.

“Once we know how much is involved we shall do restitution to the development partners’ account,” Mbabazi said.

He explained that the Auditor General’s report was already before the Parliamentary Public Accounts Committee for a full investigation and culprits would be prosecuted.

“Police investigations are still on-going and anyone who was involved will not survive,” he warned. He appealed for technical assistance from development partners to secure public funds because the much touted Integrated Financial Management System had failed to do so.

“I fear that this and what happened in the pensions sector may be an eye opener into what might be happening in other sectors of government,” Mbabazi warned. “If people are stealing billions in all departments the implications are serious but better to have a system with safety valves.”

Mbabazi denied ever receiving donor funds on his private account as alleged by some international media.

He said he had instructed his lawyers here and in England to study the issue and advise him on the possible remedy available.

“It is ridiculous, a wild figment of someone’s imagination to suggest that I took money then called for the investigations,” he said. The UK’s Daily Mail reported recently that Mbabazi had received 10 million pound sterling (UShs 42bn), part of development aid, on his private account.

Mbabazi clarified that he found an old Mercedes Benz vehicle that had been used by the previous Prime Minister for seven years against the recommended four. It was costly to maintain due to frequent mechanical breakdowns, prompting government to provide him a new one as entitled.

The Danish government on Thursday announced the freezing of aid to Uganda over the theft of over Shs20bn of donor support funds by officials in the Office of Prime Minister (OPM), Ministry of Finance and Bank of Uganda.

Denmark also set out tough conditions before the aid taps could be reopened such as “written confirmation of the commitments” to crack down on corrupt officials “with indications of concrete actions taken.”

Denmark joined Ireland, Sweden and UK in slashing aid to the country over the OPM graft.

Several officials in the OPM including Principal Accountant Geoffrey Kazinda and partners-in -crime at the Ministry of Finance and Central Bank have been interdicted over the plunder.

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