Germany has become the latest European nation to suspend financial assistance to the republic of Uganda over the mismanagement scandal that has since rocked the office of the Prime Minister, and the country’s alleged support for M23 rebels in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
The scandal in the office of the Prime Minister that has caused heads to roll over the embezzlement of money worth Shs 50 billion meant for the recovery of Northern Uganda from two decades of war has seen a host of European nations Britain, Denmark, Norway and Ireland suspend aid to the east African nation.
Although Germany did not put a figure to the amount being suspended, German International Development Minister Dirk Niebel said the move was in line with the European country’s high regard for responsible governance.
“We thereby send a clear message … (Aid) is an expression of our highest trust in responsible governance by our cooperation partners” he said.
He added that Germany was concerned about the allegations that the East African nation was providing support to m23 rebels who have caused mayhem in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo leaving an estimated 500, 000 people displaced.
Last month, a UN Group Of Experts Report accused Uganda and Rwanda of supporting the M23 rebels who less than two weeks ago captured the eastern DRC city of Goma.
The pending anti homosexuality bill that seeks to further criminalize homosexuals in Uganda was also cited as another reason why Germany was upset with the direction the Kampala government is taking.
In 2009, Ndorwa West Member of Parliament David Bahati tabled before Parliament a bill that seeks to criminalize homosexuality with clauses proposing the death penalty although it was shelved following criticism from a host of western nations.
Homosexuality is already illegal in Uganda.
Early this year, the legislator revealed plans to resurrect the bill and according to recent media reports, the speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga promised to expedite the passing of the bill as a “Christmas gift” to Ugandans.
The clause that seeks the death penalty for aggravated homosexuality has since been dropped from the bill.