Anti-corruption NGO steals aid money
Monday, April 20, 2009
In a classic case of "if would be funny if it wasn't so tragic", an NGO set up to monitor recipients of Global Fund aid money in Uganda has itself been found guilty of siphoning off funds through gross corruption.
The Ugana Centre for Accountability was, as the name suggests, supposed to ensure that NGOs really spend donated money on improving the health of Ugandans suffering from TB, malaria or HIV / AIDs. However, Director Teddy Seezi Cheeye has now been convicted for stealing $56,000 of Global Fund money via this organisation.
Cheeye had previously worked for the government, as a director of the President's International Security Organisation. This acts as one further example of the rife corruption that often extends to the heart of government and healthcare services.