United Nations wastes millions on ‘ghost’ refugees

A UN internal report finds inflated bills, fraud and non-compliance with rules connected to its refugee programme in Uganda.

Source: United Nations wastes millions on ‘ghost’ refugees

A car park at the prime minister’s office in Uganda was built using money meant for refugees, a UN internal inquiry has found.

The money may have been diverted from its proper purpose because people who have fled South Sudan for neighbouring Uganda could have been over-counted.

Such a practice could have been used to secure extra funding, but it is feared that officials simply pocketed the difference.

A report from the UN’s internal watchdog said about £8.6m was being spent on a recount of South Sudanese people who have entered Uganda, in a search for potentially hundreds of thousands of “ghost refugees”.

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