Is this progress? The $640 toilet seat arrives in Uganda

From Uganda’s Daily Monitor:

 

The Public Accounts Committee yesterday refused to accept explanations from Defence ministry officials over the purchases which are captured in an Auditor General report under consideration in the House. Army officers bought a saucepan for almost Shs2 million and spent close to Shs8 million on a gas cooker in transactions which have astonished a House committee probing suspected corruption in the military.

 

The exchange rate is around 2500 shillings / $ so that translates to a $800 saucepan and a $3200 gas cooker.

 

Sound familiar? I guess Ugandan institutions really are converging to American institutions.

 

Even the excuses sound familiar: “Ms Edith Buturo, the stand-in accounting officer at Defence, attributed the prices to a “war situation”. “

 

One thought on “Is this progress? The $640 toilet seat arrives in Uganda

  1. I remember hearing from someone who worked in defense research that the US government would sometimes use that to cover spending on black projects, where having a specific defense budget line allocation would be too suspicious. I’m fairly confident something like that isn’t happening in Uganda

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