France tells Uganda to weed out corruption

16th July 2004, Comments 0 comments

KAMPALA, July 15 (AFP) - "It is not acceptable that public funds are embezzled. It is not acceptable to see luxurious investments sprouting from corruption, while poverty remains high in the country. It is urgent that investigations carried out in this area lead to judicial proceedings," French Ambassador to Uganda Jean-Bernard Thiant said late Wednesday during Bastille Day celebrations.

KAMPALA, July 15 (AFP) - "It is not acceptable that public funds are embezzled. It is not acceptable to see luxurious investments sprouting from corruption, while poverty remains high in the country. It is urgent that investigations carried out in this area lead to judicial proceedings," French Ambassador to Uganda Jean-Bernard Thiant said late Wednesday during Bastille Day celebrations.  

It is estimated that up to 40 percent of Uganda's 24 million population live under the poverty line and that the number was still rising.  

The government blames this on the insecurity in war-torn northern Uganda and unrest in the northeastern Karamoja region.  

Thiant called on the government to find a quick solution to the war in the northern Uganda, which he described as a tragedy.  

"Whereas the international community is moved by the situation in Sudan's Darfour region, and rightly so, the martyrdom of the northern Ugandan Acholi people has gone on in silence," he pointed out.  

"We cannot talk about this country without evoking the tragedy in the north, as for 17 years now, the region lives in fear and misery," Thiant said.  

"We cannot accept that more than 1.8 people live in camps for the displaced under general indifference. It is more than time to put an end to that war," he said.  

"A solution must be found now, even if it means negotiating grudgingly. It will be to the honour of the government of Uganda to finally install peace in the north," he added.  

France's contribution to Uganda's development includes its 23 percent share of Uganda's budget support aid from the European Union's Development Fund, as well as other support to various projects.

 

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