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Crisis as Canada Invalidates Uganda Top Diplomat’s Visa

By CHIMPREPORTS.COM

Uganda’s foreign Mission in Ottawa is stuck after Canada invalidated the visa of First Secretary Allan Tazenya over alleged corrupt practices.

The development has paralysed business at the Embassy considering that Tazenya, who is now stuck in Uganda, is the principal signatory on the Embassy’s bank accounts.

The Canadian authorities’ decision was communicated by Ms Joy Ruth Acheng, the High Commissioner in Ottawa, in a letter to Uganda Foreign Affairs Ministry permanent Secretary Patrick Mugoya on March 28, 2019.

“This is to inform you that the Mission was contacted on March 14, 2019 by the Office of Global Affairs Canada – (Office of Protocol) to be informed of external fraudulent activity allegedly facilitated by the Accounting officer Mr Allan Tazenya to Rogers Wireless Incorporated, a telecommunication in Canada,” said Acheng.

“As a direct result of his actions, Mr Tazenya’s acceptance visa D0615532 was invalidated and cancelled on March 18, 2019 pending further inquiry by the Office of Protocol and the Ottawa Police Station,” she added.

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ChimpReports understands Tazenya returned to Uganda on March 5 2019 to pave way for investigations into the alleged misconduct.

The Canadian Ministry of Global Affairs on March 18 said it annulled Tazenya’s visa numbered D0615536 for defrauding his own mission 17,000 Canadian dollars (Shs 41m).

The Canadian investigation concluded that Tazenya, in connivance with some workers at Rogers Wireless Incorporated Telecommunications, would authorise payment of inflated invoices from the telecommunication company.

Tazenya would then quietly meet workers at the Canada-based telecom to pick the extra money included in the cost of service rendered to the embassy.

Cases of diplomats misbehaving in foreign countries threaten the country’s reputation.

In 2018, United States authorities forced Kampala to recall the Minister Counselor at Uganda’s Embassy in Washington, D.C., Mr. Dickson Ogwang over domestic violence.

This also raises concerns about the quality of Ugandan diplomats sent to foreign countries. Majority of the diplomats are politicians who have lost elections in their constituencies.

Their deployment is usually aimed at providing such individuals a source of livelihood.

Observers say the situation can be addressed by the ministry through making right choices of diplomats.

Acheng told Mugoya that efforts to assist Tazenya return to Canada did not bear fruit.

“After a follow up meeting with the Office of the Protocol and the review of Mr. Tazenya’s file, it was noted that the fraudulent activities and the misuse of funds have been going on for a period of time,” said Acheng.

“The Office of the Protocol informed me that Mr. Tazenya’s Acceptance (visa invalidation) still stands until further notice.”

Mission stuck

Tazenya, as a principal signatory to all mission accounts, reportedly left Ottawa without surrendering access to emergency funds to his junior colleagues including his deputy Margaret L. Kyogire and Financial Attaché Pamela Awava.

The family of Tazenya is also expected to be sent to Kampala but his wife is expecting a baby soon.

When contacted on phone, the Foreign Affairs Spokesperson, Mr. Alfred Nam said “the matter is under investigation and for now there is nothing much I can say until when the investigation is done.”

Nam said administrative arrangements have been put in place to rescue the cash-strapped mission since the principal account signatory is stuck in Kampala.

—— AUTO – GENERATED; Published (Halifax Canada Time AST) on: April 16, 2019 at 10:50AM

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