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Uganda refugee audit finds million-Dollar corruption

A UN investigation into its refugee programme in Uganda has uncovered misconduct and corruption.

The audit found that millions of Dollars were misspent awarding major contracts improperly and overpaying for goods and services.

UNHCR Uganda Country Director, Joel Boutroue denied that any money was overpaid:

Our headquarters with other lawyers are in the thick of unravelling the entire 20,000-plus invoice related [to this].

We have not overpaid. What we are renegotiating for the moment with the former contractors is how much more we should pay. We have not overpaid money at present.

What is true is that there was poor oversight of these contacts, Boutroue said.

Until recently, Uganda has been lauded for its immigration policies and described as one of the places in the world to be a refugee.

Uganda is said to host some 1.4 million refugees, welcoming more than any other country in 2016, mostly from South Sudan and DR Congo.

In February, four Ugandan government officials were suspended, amid allegations they had inflated refugee figures.

Source: Voice of Nigeria