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Uganda: Anti Corruption Policy Under Criticism

(June 2, 2008) The Ugandan government has come under heavy criticism for its “go slow policies” in cleaning up corruption. Niels Hjotdal, head of the Danish International Development Agency (DANIDA), recently criticized the Ugandan government “for failing to punish officials linked to graft-related scandals,” even with the improvements in laws, regulations, and institutions enabling the government to effectively do so. Hjotdal pointed to lengthy and slow prosecutions of several high-profile cases to make his point. He announced that Denmark will phase out its anti-corruption assistance program, launched in 2004 to help Uganda institute efficient and transparent mechanisms for handling public finances and control procurement fraud, by next year. Uganda's efforts to tackle corruption, for which the country also received $10.4 million from the United States last year, are going to be evaluated next year by U.S.-run Millennium Challenge Corporation.

Since 2005, Uganda has lost $300 million annually to corruption and procurement malpractice, World Bank records show. (Danish Official Criticizes Uganda's Anti-Graft Policies, THE MONITOR (Kampala), May 19, 2008, Open Source Center No. AFP20080519950019.)