The United Kingdom has imposed sanctions on several high-profile Ugandan politicians, including the Speaker of Parliament, Anita Annet Among. This decision comes in the wake of corruption charges levied against them, accusing them of embezzling funds meant for the poorest communities in Uganda.

This marks the first instance where the UK has utilized the Global Anti-Corruption Sanctions regime to target individuals involved in corruption within Uganda. The sanctions, announced by Deputy Foreign Secretary Andrew Mitchell, are part of the UK’s ongoing commitment to combat serious corruption globally.

The individuals targeted by the sanctions are former ministers Mary Goretti Kitutu and Agnes Nandutu, who were responsible for Uganda’s poorest region, Karamoja. Both have been accused of corruption at Uganda’s Anti-Corruption Court for allegedly diverting resources from a government-funded project aimed at aiding vulnerable communities in the region. Specifically, they are accused of misappropriating thousands of iron sheets meant for roofing and infrastructure development, redirecting them to prominent politicians and their families.

The Speaker of the Parliament, Anita Annet Among, is alleged to have benefited from the proceeds of this corruption scheme. These actions have sparked outrage, particularly given that over 60% of people in Karamoja live in poverty, facing challenges such as drought and insecurity.

In response to these allegations, Deputy Foreign Secretary Andrew Mitchell condemned the actions of the accused politicians, labeling their behavior as “corruption at its worst” and affirming that such actions have no place in society. Mitchell emphasized the UK’s commitment to holding individuals accountable for corruption and sending a clear message that corruption carries consequences.

The sanctions imposed include travel bans and asset freezes, preventing the designated individuals from entering the UK and accessing any funds or economic resources held within the country. These measures align with the UK’s Global Anti-Corruption Sanctions Regulations 2021, which allow for sanctions against individuals and entities involved in bribery or misappropriation of property, regardless of their location.

The UK’s decision to impose sanctions on Ugandan politicians underscores the seriousness with which corruption is viewed on the international stage. It also serves as a warning to those who engage in corrupt practices, signaling that such actions will not go unpunished.

These sanctions are part of a broader effort by the UK to combat corruption worldwide, with previous sanctions targeting individuals involved in corruption cases in various countries. Since the introduction of the Global Anti-Corruption sanctions regime in April 2021, the UK has imposed sanctions on 42 individuals and entities globally, reflecting its commitment to tackling corruption on a global scale.

It is essential to note that UK Aid was not involved in the Ugandan Government project implicated in the corruption allegations, underscoring the UK’s commitment to ensuring aid reaches those who need it most without being diverted for personal gain.

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