The Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) Katonga faction has raised alarm over the delays and financial transparency of the associated projects in the run-up to the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) and G77+ China summit events scheduled to take place in Uganda. Mr. Erias Lukwago, the interim party president, voiced his concerns regarding the utilization of appropriated funds and the slow progress of critical infrastructure projects just days before the international summits.
Mr. Lukwago specifically questioned the government’s allocation of Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA) projects as NAM projects, particularly highlighting road repairs in Kampala city. Expressing skepticism, he remarked on the ongoing flyover project funded by the Japanese government, stating that it has been in development for some time and is now being associated with the NAM summit.
Despite the budget being passed in anticipation of hosting NAM and G77+ China summit roads, Lukwago expressed disappointment at the lack of completion of any of the designated roads. He pointed to issues such as potholes and ongoing construction, questioning the readiness of the infrastructure for the upcoming events.
Mr. Lukwago raised comparisons with the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) held in 2007, suggesting that the NAM and G77+ China summits might turn into another financial scandal for the country. He asserted concerns that individuals involved in managing the programs might exploit the opportunity to embezzle taxpayers’ money.
Addressing the media at their offices on Katonga road in Kampala, Mr. Lukwago emphasized the potential benefits of hosting the powerful NAM bloc but expressed doubt that Ugandans would reap rewards due to possible corruption within the program’s management.
The opposition party officials called for the international delegates to focus on pressing issues, such as human rights abuses, dictatorship, and oppression faced by Ugandans. Lukwago predicted a pattern of post-summit investigations and probes into potential financial mismanagement, mirroring previous international events.
While KCCA had previously announced that road projects would be completed and commissioned by January 10th, Lukwago highlighted that works were still ongoing on Mukwano road and the city’s greening by the time of the statement.
With a supplementary budget of Shs26 billion approved for the summit preparations, the concerns raised by the FDC Katonga faction reflect growing apprehension about the efficiency, transparency, and overall success of the NAM and G77+ China summit projects in Uganda.