Uganda returns 'stolen' aid to Norway

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Ugandan Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi. The massive corruption blamed on his office has been the key factor in the donor aid cuts that have hit Uganda. Photo

Uganda has returned three million euros in aid to Norway after it was misappropriated, the Norwegian minister for development aid said Wednesday.

"Corruption is (the same as) stealing from poor people, and for that we have zero tolerance," Heikki Holmaas said on Twitter.

"Uganda has repaid us 23 million 'corruption kroner' (3.1 million euros or $4.2 million)," he added.

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.
 

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