Uganda: KPMG to audit Juba peace funds


JUBA - The United Nations is hiring KPMG, an international auditing firm to audit millions of dollars poured into Juba, Southern Sudan to facilitate negotiations between Uganda government and the Lords Resistance Army rebels.

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN-Ocha), Juba, Sudan confirmed to Daily Monitor in Juba yesterday that KPMG will be overseeing the peace initiative fund.

"KPMG will come on board" OCHA's Public information Officer for Southern Sudan, Maurizio Giuliano said in an email replying as to how far the UN had gone in its proposal to bring KPMG, to audit the Fund.

The UN on October 6 launched in New York a US$4.8 million Juba Initiative Fund to facilitate the peace negotiations, along with financing from the Governments of South Sudan, the mediation and Uganda.

President Yoweri Museveni on behalf of government contributed US$1m (about Shs1.7bn) making a total of US$5.8m. But the LRA in a dossier to the donors alleged the peace secretariat officials in Juba employed by the chief mediator, Dr. Riek Machar were mismanaging the fund.