Sweden's Crown Princess Victoria (left) and Uganda's first lady Janet Museveni during a 2002 visit

Swedish Aid to Uganda Frozen

Sweden is freezing 5 million dollars in aid to Uganda, because it is dissatisfied with democratic development in the country.

In a press release Sunday, Foreign Aid Minister Carin Jämtin says the decision does not, however, leave the citizens of Uganda to their fate. Some 3 million dollars will still be used to fund the humanitarian work of United Nations agencies in northern Uganda, where a 19 year insurgency has seen more than 1.6 million people made homeless.

Jämtin says that after next year’s elections in Uganda Sweden will make a new assessment of democratic development there.

Sweden is the fifth country, after Britain, Norway, Ireland and the Netherlands, to withdraw aid from Uganda because of concerns about President Yoweri Museveni’s leadership.

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