Ambassador Nimisha Madhvani and her deputy Elly Kamahungye were taped to find ways in which to share the money with other embassy staff. During the interview, the group is discussed about how they will pay “daily rates” and how much they should receive in total.
"Instead of calling it Covid, we'll do it as an allowance," Mr. Kamahungye is heard to say.
The Ugandan Foreign Ministry called the allegations "serious" and said it would conduct a "thorough investigation" into the matter.
"Any deviation by an official will be punished with appropriate sanctions," said Patrick S. Mugoya, the ministry's permanent secretary, in a statement posted on Twitter.
The news from Uganda came days after demonstrations in Kenya by protesters accusing government officials of stealing hundreds of millions of dollars to fight the pandemic.
Hundreds of Kenyan doctors in public hospitals have also gone on strike for allegedly poor protective equipment, late salaries and a lack of health insurance. Thousands more are expected if the authorities do not improve their working conditions.
On Monday, a court in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, sentenced four officers, some for 18 years, for diverting thousands of dollars in Covid-19 funds.
Reporting was written by Gillian R. Brassil, Alexander Burns, Stephen Castle, Choe Sang-Hun, Abdi Latif Dahir, Sheri Fink, Michael Gold, Javier C. Hernández, Mike Ives, Annie Karni, David Leonhardt, Apoorva Mandavilli and Jonathan Martin . Tiffany May, Claire Cain Miller, Amelia Kidneyberg, Adam Pasick, Elian Peltier, Monika Pronczuk, Eliza Shapiro, Eileen Sullivan, Katie Thomas, Katherine J. Wu and Elaine Yu.