Friday, July 18, 2014

UGANDA: Circumcision funds misused

The Daily Monitor (Uganda)
July 3, 2014

NGO probes misuse of Shs400m meant for male circumcision

by David Mafabi
Budaka- The Management Sciences for Health [formerly Star E project], an NGO, has opened investigations into alleged mismanagement of Shs420 million [$US 159,880] meant for Kaderuna Health Centre III by its staff.

The money was meant for male circumcision to prevent the spread of HIV/Aids.

The Daily Monitor learnt that the focal person for ART programme, Mr Abdulla Wambedde, and a doctor had allegedly been drawing Shs18 million every month for the last two years but never did the work.

Members of the Kaderuna Health Centre III led by Mr Hassan Kibwika, accused Mr Wambedde of mismanaging the male circumcision programme and diverting funds.

The Budaka District speaker, Mr Abdu Kagoda, said he heard of MSH [Star E] and that they promised to come to the area to perform male circumcision, but they never appeared.

“They promised to come on several occasions, we lined up people from Kaderuna and we have never seen them. And yet as a district we know money was released for the activity for two years,” said Mr Kagoda.

The MSH chief of party, Dr Edward Ssemafumu, said they had been releasing money for the programme at the facility but received reports from the ground that the money never reached.

“We have already started investigations as MSH,” Dr Ssemafumu said. “What we know is that about Shs400 million was disbursed to Kaderuna Health Centre III but there has been no activity, we have already suspended a doctor and we have started an audit. I am sure we shall get to the bottom of the matter.”

When contacted, Mr Wambedde denied any wrong doing, saying he had reported the matter to police against people spreading malicious information about him.

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