Saturday, June 11, 2011

Yoweri Museveni an Afircan Dictator spent £30m of British aid on a private jet , while millions of civilians struggled to feed themselves. 11th June

British aid money was used by an African dictator to buy a £30million jet, it emerged last night.

Ugandan president Yoweri Museveni bought the top-of-the-range Gulfstream G550 private plane in the same year ministers gave his poverty- ravaged country £70million.

During the same period Uganda also received around £57million from the UK through the European Union.

The autocratic 67-year-old leader – currently facing criticism for launching a violent crackdown against protesters demanding an Egyptian-style uprising – received the cash under the Labour government in 2008-09.

Mr Museveni, who fought an election with posters depicting him as Rambo, bought the new 562mph plane while millions of civilians struggled to feed themselves.

The Gulfstream G550 can carry 18 passengers in comfort and has been dubbed the ‘world’s most versatile and stylish ultra-long-range jet’.

The revelation highlights the controversy of hard-pressed British families being asked to fork out higher taxes to pay for spurious aid projects.

The EU has been criticised by auditors for failing to measure the impact of the handouts, with much of the money lining the pockets of corrupt regimes.

The Government has carried out a sweeping review of how aid money is distributed and spent. In future, funding will be targeted on sectors, such as health and education.

But International Development Secretary Andrew Mitchell is facing a backlash for expressing his desire to make the UK a ‘development superpower’.

Ministers are increasing aid spending by 34 per cent to £12billion at a time of austerity at home and Prime Minister David Cameron will again defend the policy at an event on Monday.

Last night Lord Ashcroft, the Tory peer who uncovered the use of public money to buy the jet, said it was vital that the review tightened up the rules on how developing nations spent aid money. Read More