The Uganda Embassy land in Addis Ababa Ethiopia has been
encroached on. This is according to an internal audit by the Ministry of
Uganda was supposed to build its Embassy house and a chancery on the land to
reduce expense on the rent.
Hussein Isingoma, the acting director forensic and risk advisory services at
the ministry, said that they had found the land given to Uganda was not free
anymore as parts of it had been encroached.
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The auditor general warned in the audit report for the year ended June 2018
that there was risk that government could lose it.
Uganda received the land in 2005 from the Government of Ethiopia. It was
measuring 2 acres. Uganda was expected to pay USD 230408.51 (Shs853m) in
return for the land.
During the financial years 2014/2015 and 2015/2016, Uganda government allocated
at least USD 266,073 (Shs985m) to the embassy to pay Ethiopia government to
pave way for the development of either a Chancery or residence or both.
In the June 2018 report, the auditor general says “I observed that GOU delayed
to fulfil the conditions of the offer resulting in part of this land being
re-allocated to a private developer thus affecting the Embassy’s construction
He said interviews held with the Uganda Embassy staff revealed that the
remaining land may not be enough for the intended development.
Meanwhile, the money that had been allocated for the land was spent on other
things that had not been planned.
These included education allowance, climatic allowance, carriage of councillors
goods/shipment of goods back to Kampala, posting allowance, cash withdrawal
(USD4,500), rent, furniture, renovation of official residence, and painting of
Meanwhile, in Juba, the Uganda embassy collected USD 66000 (Shs244m) in non-tax
revenue but could not remit the money to the treasury in Kampala.