OSLO: Uganda has returned three million euros in aid to Norway after it was misappropriated, the Norwegian minister for development aid said yesterday.
Heikki Holmaas said on Twitter corruption is (the same as) stealing from poor people, and for that Norway has zero tolerance.
An investigation by the auditor general of Uganda last year found that 10 million euros ($13.4 million) in aid had been funnelled into private accounts linked to the prime minister’s office in Kampala.
Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Ireland and Britain all froze their aid to the country after the scandal was revealed.
The foreign aid was meant to go to parts of the country that had been ravaged by its civil war.