Uganda Commission to Probe Use of AIDS Funds
September 8, 2005
Today, Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni's office announced the start of an investigation into reports that AIDS money from the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria had been misappropriated. Last month, the Global Fund temporarily suspended grants to Uganda, citing concerns about financial mismanagement.
Museveni ordered a five-member commission to investigate the Project Management Unit (PMU) that handled the funds. Chaired by Justice James Ogoola, the commission includes Central Bank Governor Emmanuel Tumusime Mutebile and will report to Museveni within two months. "The commission will also investigate whether any other individual, apart from the staff of the PMU, benefited from the loss of public finances," said a statement from Museveni's office.
The Global Fund said grants could resume by next month if Uganda's authorities recover any misappropriated money. A senior finance ministry official said the ministry would sell the property of any officials found guilty of stealing, if necessary. In the interim, Uganda has appointed the audit firm Ernst & Young to oversee the management of funds.