The premier is under fire for what are taken as unpaid expenses she incurred while on that trip.
Nabbanja in trouble over New York expenses
Prime Minister Robinah Nabbanja could find herself in hot soap for the payment of car hire services amounting to $10,000 while on official travel to New York during the United Nations General Assembly in September.
A letter written by Uganda’s Ambassador to the UN, Adonia Ayebare, to the Office of the Prime Minister calling for payment of car hire services amounting to $10,000 triggered a furore on Twitter after it was leaked a month later.
The prime minister Nabbanja was invited by the President of the UN General Assembly, Incumbent Csaba Kőrösi, and the Executive Director of UN Women, Ms. Sima Sami Bahous, to attend the Women Leaders Forum.
According to the Ambassador, Adonia Ayebare, Uganda’s Mission at the UN hired a car for the Prime Minister but the car was reportedly used beyond the working hours which was over and above the agreed upon schedule resulting into the overtime.
When the Twitter storm erupted, Ugandans wondered what the Prime Minister, who is not believed to be a frequent traveller, was reportedly using the car beyond the required time and this heightened the cost of the vehicle. At the time of her travel, Nabbanja was also attacked fulsomely for using a large entourage for her trip.
In the past, in 2018, Ugandan officials came under similar scrutiny after the Ugandan government suspended four officials at the start of an investigation into alleged mismanagement of funds meant to support refugees. The UK, EU and US threatened to withdraw aid and stop programmes as a result.
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