Aid money meant for critical health programs in Uganda was lost to mismanagement and unexplained expenses of government officials, the country’s auditor general has found.
According to Uganda’s Daily Monitor, a June 2009 audit report found loopholes in government appropriations of aid money from the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.
The Global Fund had suspended a USD367 million grant portfolio for Uganda in 2005 because of government mismanagement. It renewed its commitment to supporting Uganda last year with up to USD120 million in fresh pledges.
“Management has not sought guidelines, as advised previously from Global Fund-Geneva on how the funds should be put to use and this may expose the funds to the risk of loss of value and misappropriation,” said the audit report, which is set to be tackled in Ugandan parliament this week.
The 2009 audit also found that health officials borrowed USD731,027 to fund the supposed hiring of a procurement advisor, but the amount has yet to be returned and the auditor found no proof of the intended hiring.