By Kezia Agaba
Uganda Red Cross will continue getting funds from donors again after taking measures to counter abuse of office by leaders.
The NGO’s interim secretary, Ken Odur, says that the donors will resume funding of its activities and have resumed partial funding to cover fixed costs which include staff salaries. Full funding will be restored when a forensic audit is completed and a report issued next month.
The conditions put by donors to continue funding the agency include putting in place accountability mechanisms some of which include regular board meetings, and timely submission of monthly reports as opposed to quarterly reports.
Last year, donors cut funding to Uganda Red Cross after former general secretary Richard Nataka was accused of embezzlement. Police and URA recovered smuggled goods from his home in Munyonyo leading to a probe that ended with dissolving of the entire board of directors of URCS.