Netherlands Withdraws Funding to JLOS

The government of the Netherlands has withdrawn $4.4 million dollars in budgetary support to the Uganda's Justice, Law and Order (JLO) sector, over what it has called the organization's failure to adequately tackle corruption.

The Uganda's Justice, Law and Order (JLO) sector, was earlier scheduled to receive $11 million from the Netherlands Government as budgetary support.

In 2010, JLOS received an installment of $6.6 million and was expecting to receive the remainder this year. But the bad news is that the second tranche will not be disbursed.

A February 17th letter from Jeroen Verheul, the Netherlands ambassador to Uganda addressed to the secretary to the treasury, Chris Kassami, states that the decision to withdraw budgetary support to JLOS was based on the government's own assessment, especially on the mismanagement of the money meant for Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting ( Chogm) in 2007.

Verheul states that the assessment concludes that the precondition on corruption has not been met for the second year in a row.

The letter further states that the government of Uganda did not meet its commitments in a number of important areas, taking administrative sanctions against the responsible officials, prosecution of high level cases of corruption/misappropriation and recovery of misappropriated funds.

The Netherlands Government will in the coming weeks, also review and discuss the different modalities for other areas it provides budgetary support to.