Friday July 11 2014

Funding of male circumcision suspended

By Mudangha Kolyangha

Budaka- The Management Sciences and health [Formerly Star-E] organisation has suspended safe male circumcision (SMC) funding to Kaderuna health facility until forensic audit investigations are completed.

The suspension comes after the Daily Monitor reported suspected misuse of the funds meant for SMC programme to prevent the spread of HIV/Aids that had instead been diverted to their personal activities.

According to Dr Peter Ddungu, the deputy chief of party, the funding to Kaderuna health unit has been halted until thorough investigations into the alleged mismanagement of the SMC programme is completed.

In his letter dated July 2, addressed to the district health officers from the three districts of Pallisa, Budaka and Kibuku, Dr Godfrey Buyinza has also been suspended to allow investigations to go on.

“The duration of the suspension will depend on the time frame of the investigation but cannot exceed 30 days. Meantime, Mr John Emamu will handle the cluster coordination role and can be approached where you have issues to be attended to,” the letter reads in part.

It’s alleged that members of Kaderuna Health Centre III led by Mr Hassan Kibwika, in their petition dated June 16, addressed to the Chief of Party, accused Mr Abudallah Wambede-in-charge Art Clinic/SMC focal person, for grossly mismanaging the SMC programme and diverting funds to their personal use.

According to the letter signed by Mr Kibwika, Mr Wambede paid allowances to non members while avoiding the right people in the programme and intentionally put people working at his pharmacy.
Mr Wambedde has denied any wrong doing saying these are mere allegations intended to malice and dent his integrity.

A list obtained by the Daily Monitor indicate that the staff at a certain Namba Clinic have been the beneficiaries of the funds.