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Germany says no to cutting aid

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By John Njoroge

Posted  Monday, December 3   2012 at  02:00

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The clarification by the German Ambassador follows reports that the country had cut aid to Uganda over corruption scandals.

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Kampala

German envoy to Uganda, Ambassador Klaus Dieter Düxmann, has refuted foreign media reports that the country will cut development assistance to Uganda over corruption.

“It is not true. We are maintaining development assistance to Uganda,” Mr Düxmann said yesterday. “The embassy will give further communication in this respect in the coming days.”

His comments followed a report at the weekend by Reuter’s news agency that Germany had suspended aid to Uganda in protest over corruption in the Office of the Prime Minister and alleged military support for rebels in DR Congo.

Scandals and trust
“Even though no German funds are affected (by the scandal), I have ordered that Germany, in unison with other aid donors, withhold payment of budget aid,” German International Development Minister Dirk Niebel was quoted on Friday.

“We thereby send a clear message ... (Aid) is an expression of our highest trust in responsible governance by our cooperation partners.”

State Minister for Foreign Affairs Henry Okello Oryem yesterday expressed gratitude to Germany for acknowledging givernment’s efforts to “cleaning up the mess” at the Office of the Prime Minister.

“As government, we are grateful that Germany recognises that we are doing all we can to clean up the mess at OPM,” Mr Oryem said. “We are grateful Germany respects our culture, traditions and beliefs as regards homosexuality and appreciate their recognition of Uganda’s response to the UN report on Congo,” Mr Oryem added.

jnjoroge@ug.nationmedia.com