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Bulange, Mengo – Buganda Kingdom has today refuted reports that it owes the US Embassy in Kampala any money.
In a statement shared on Katikiro Charles Peter Mayiga’s facebook page, Owek. Noah Kiyimba, Buganda Kingdom Spokesman and Information Minister said the Kingdom doesn’t owe any money to the US Embassy in Kampala and that the two institutions continue to enjoy a cordial working relationship.
The information minister’s message follows what he called “some people feeding the media with wrong information” using “forged documents”.
According to Kiyimba, the US Embassy in Kampala awarded the Kingdom of Buganda a grant of US$5,000 (Shs14,935,000 at the time) several years ago. This money, he said was meant for an information board at the Kasubi Royal Tombs.
“The grant was supposed to be utilized within a specific time frame. This wasn’t possible mainly due to the ongoing works at the tombs,” Owek. Kiyimba said.
“In order to fulfil the terms of the grant, the Kingdom of Buganda refunded the money on January 12, 2017 and was issued with an official receipt,” he added.
Owek Kiyimba said that receipt of the money was confirmed in a statement by Phil Dimon, the Spokesperson of the US Embassy in Kampala.
“The U.S. Embassy in Kampala provided financial assistance to the Buganda Kingdom several years ago for a cultural preservation project at the Kasubi tombs. Unfortunately, kingdom officials were unable to use the money for the project by the specified project end date. In accordance with standard procedures, we asked for the money to be returned, and kingdom officials returned the money,” Phil Dimon is quoted to have said.
Further, according to Dimon, the U.S. government will continue to support the preservation of cultural heritage around the world, adding that they look forward to the opportunity to collaborate with Buganda Kingdom as well as other kingdoms and cultural institutions in Uganda in the future.