Ireland urged to shun Uganda’s rotten regime

LAST May, Foreign Minister Dermot Ahern announced that he was withholding €2m in aid from the Ugandan Government, from a total budget to the country of €33m.

He spoke about the need for good, honest governance in Uganda. Since then, Ugandan President Museveni has changed the law to allow himself to become president for life - a move which has acutely disappointed the international donor community.

In addition, the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank have separately issued warnings about increasing aid to Uganda.

The leaked World Bank-commissioned report stated that “large injections of (donor) cash to support the budget let the government balance its books while diverting large sums to suit its own purposes.”

The report also said that “corruption has become a mechanism for regime maintenance”. Not even the Ugandan government deny their pivotal role in the rape and plunder of the Congo, where five million people have lost their lives since 1998, as Uganda and six other nations plundered the country.

Surely there is enough evidence to convince our administration to cut off all government-to-government ties with Uganda, and channel funds exclusively through non-governmental organisations and missionaries - unless, of course, our Government can find the initiative to implement projects.

John O’Shea

GOAL

PO Box 19

Dún Laoghaire

Co Dublin

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