The Ugandan government is always full of surprises as reports are coming in that it sent excess money to the Ugandan Embassy in Beijing, China as opposed to what was agreed upon by cabinet.
The Ugandan Finance Permanent Secretary Keith Muhakanizi on Tuesday ordered the Ugandan Embassy in Beijing, China to refund excess money that was mistakenly sent to its account to bail out students caught up in the coronavirus pandemic.
The Cabinet had recently authorised the ministry to send $61,800 (UGX 229,998,526) to help students stranded in China. But instead, the Ministry of Finance transferred more $600,000 (UGX 2,232,995,400).
Muhakanizi now wants the Ugandan Embassy to transfer UGX 2,002,996,873 million ($538,200) back to the Contingency Fund with immediate effect.
Keith Muhakanizi wants the excess money sent to China returned immediately
“As you’re aware, on 28th of February, this Ministry (Ministry of Finance) transferred USD 600,000 through the Ugandan Mission in Beijing to support affected students. However, upon receipt of the Cabinet extract number, we noted that there’s a discrepancy between the amounts therein and that in the letter from the Ministry of Education and Sports,” Muhakanizi said in a letter to the embassy.
Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga had directed the Prime Minister to provide the government’s strategy to help Ugandans in China on February 12, 2020.
“The situation is really bad, there is no food, the banks are closed, and there is no transport. They are going to starve. You should support all the children in universities with basics as you hold your night meetings,” Kadaga said.
She said the strategy should include immediate and ultimate interventions towards Ugandans in China.
Source: Nairobi News
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