Civil Society Warn Government Against Borrowing From China

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The government of Uganda faces a danger of losing some of its major developments including roads, hydropower dams, expansion of Entebbe airport to China with some of these projects being facilitated for with borrowed money from Chinese firms.

Anti-Coalition Uganda and Transparency International have asserted the blame on single saucing of contractors of government projects which breed monopoly. Peter Wandera from Transparency International has cautioned the government to be as open as possible during the construction of the Jinja express highway.

Failure to pay these debts may result in surrendering most of these facilities to China since the terms in the contract government is signing stipulate so. Cissy Kagaba, the ED Anti-Corruption Coalition Uganda says that however much government is receiving this money, they need to protect their sovereignty as a country.

She says that government cannot keep taking money from anyone even with legal provisions that are not favourable because this money will end up as a curse to Ugandans with the type of legal provisions in the agreements with the Chinese.