Coronavirus: Uganda Sends 2.3bn to China In Error

The Finance Ministry Permanent Secretary Keith Muhakanizi has instructed the Ugandan Embassy in Beijing, China to refund excess money mistakenly sent to its account.

Cabinet recently authorized the ministry to send $61,800 to help students stranded in China as the country grapples with the Coronavirus.

Instead, the Ministry of Finance transferred $600,000.

Muhakanizi now wants the Embassy to transfer USD 538,200 to back to the Contingency Fund with immediate effect.

“As you’re aware, on 28th of February, this Ministry (Ministry of Finance) transferred USD 600,000 through the Ugandan Mission in Beijing to support affected students. However, upon receipt of the Cabinet extract number, we noted that there’s a discrepancy between the amounts therein and that in the letter from the Ministry of Education and Sports,” said Muhakanizi.

“The purpose of this letter, therefore, is to direct you to return the excess 538200 back to Contingencies Fund account”.

Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga directed the Prime Minister to provide government’s strategy to help Ugandans in China on 12 February 2020.

Muhakanizi’s letter to the Beijing Embassy

“The situation is really bad, there is no food, the banks are closed, and there is no transport. They are going to starve. You should support all the children in universities with basics as you hold your night meetings,” said Kadaga.

She said the strategy should include immediate and ultimate interventions towards Ugandans in China.

The coronavirus was first reported in Wuhan, China last month and has since spread to many countries across the world.

According to the World Health Organisation, the coronavirus is a strange type of virus that causes respiratory illness which they are still investigating on how it affects people, how they can be treated, and what countries can do to respond.

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