Uganda: British Aid Didn’t Fund Presidential Jet

    Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni. The country's government has refuted allegations that it has used U.K. aid money to purchase a $48 million luxury jet for President Museveni. Photo by: Jeremy T. Lock

    The government of Uganda has refuted allegations that it had used U.K. aid money to purchase a $48 million luxury jet for President Yoweri Museveni.

    The allegation came from British politician Lord Ashcroft, who was quoted by the Britain’s Daily Mail newspaper as saying: “The UK needs to be very careful before giving budgetary support to avoid extravagance such as this. It is simply a joke. We must make sure these things do not happen again.”

    Museveni’s spokesman Tamale Mirundi said parliament had approved the funding for the jet.

    “We don’t need British money to buy jets,” Mirundi said, as reported by Reuters. “That money was approved by parliament and British aid money is not approved through the Ugandan parliament. Let them bring us the evidence.”

    The government said it bought the jet to ensure Museveni’s security. 

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