Shs4B Global Fund, Naads cash recovered

Kampala. The government has so far recovered about Shs4 billion from suspects of Global Fund and National Agricultural Aisory Services (Naads) as it continues to crack the whip on corrupt officials who siphoned huge sums of money from the two projects.This was revealed by the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Justice Mike Chibita, while addressing journalists at his office in Kampala yesterday. According to information from the Directorate, more than Shs2.6 billion was recovered from Global Fund suspects through refunds, compensation orders and fines.

Scrap off NaadsThe DPP said Shs1.5 billion was recovered from Naads suspects upon conviction as well as being fined. The government recently indicated that it was considering scrapping the Naads programme that started in 2001 primarily to increase farmers’ productivity on grounds that there is very little to show because of corruption. Uganda received Global Fund money totalling $426 million (about Shs1 trillion) to facilitate the fight against HIVAids, tuberculosis and malaria about 10 years ago.The principal recipient of these monies was the Finance ministry. However in 2005, the Global Fund suspended its five grants to Uganda following alleged mismanagement.

The country coordinating mechanisms and principal recipients were asked to suspend all the programme’s activities except for the supply of essential (life saving) commodities and to restructure the implementation that saw the Programme Management Unit (PMU) that was overseeing this programme disbanded.Subsequently, the Ogoola Commission headed by Justice James Ogoola conducted an inquiry into this mismanagement and recommended that several senior government officials be investigated over the same.

The police and other anti-corruption government agencies commenced investigations and a number of officials were charged with some being convicted.

SOURCE: Daily Monitor

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