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Ugandan Finance Ministry asks for refund after mistakenly sending excess money to students in China

Uganda’s Finance Ministry mistakenly sent $600,000 instead of $61,800 to the Ugandan Embassy in China for Ugandan students in Wuhan, where the Coronavirus outbreak started. The finance minister is  now demanding that the embassy refund $538,200.

In a letter dated 10th March from the Ugandan Finance minister the Ugandan Embassy in China was notified the excess amount send was due to an erroneous error.

As you are aware, on the 28th February this Ministry transferred USSD 600,000 to the Ugandan Mission in Beijing to support the affected students. However upon receipt of the cabinet extract, we noted that there is a discrepancy between the amounts therein and the stated in the letter from the ministry- The letter read.

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“The purpose of this letter is therefore to direct you to return the excess USD 538,200 back to the Contingencies Fund account as detailed below” the letter stated

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Uganda is yet to confirm any coronavirus case. The ministry of health confirmed that the tests done on a suspected person who showed corona like symptoms turned out negative.

However the Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has directed all schools to close indefinitely beginning next week.

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