Uganda: July 17, 2004


European aid donors are threatening to cut contributions if the government does not do something about corruption. Half of the government budget comes from foreign aid, and over half the budget appears to be stolen. This has been going on for over a decade and has become accepted by the one party leadership as a convenient way to insure the loyalty of senior government officials. But it cripples economic development projects, infrastructure building and public services in general. While the government has used the war against the LRA rebels in the north to distract people, the LRA is fading away, and more attention is being focused on the corruption.




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