Parliament Demands Bank Details of OPM Senior Staff

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The directive was issued after OPM Permanent Secretary Christine Guwatudde failed to explain to the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) how a colossal Ugx9bn was advanced to personnel in the OPM In total disregard of the law. She also failed to explain why she had failed to put up mechanism for recovering the money.

Parliament has demanded for bank details of all senior personnel in the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) following reports that several of them shared up to Ugx417million on their personal accounts but never provided accountability for it.
The directive was issued after OPM Permanent Secretary Christine Guwatudde failed to explain to the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) how a colossal Ugx9bn was advanced to personnel in the OPM In total disregard of the law. She also failed to explain why she had failed to put up mechanism for recovering the money.
Committee chairperson Alice Alaso ordered Guwatudde to produce account numbers of the senior personnel in order to establish who took a share the money.
 "The committee would be interested in seeing the movement of money to these accounts so as to ascertain whether it was drawn for planned activities," Alaso ruled.
She also instructed the accounting officer to ensure that the money is recovered within a period of two months. If she fails, it would be recovered from her remuneration, the committee added.
Guwatudde told the committee that she had already written to the affected people to account for the monies received and was waiting for a response.
The committee also grilled the accounting officer for advancing money for field allowances superseding the days spent in the field. It also emerged that officers doctor reports for fields they have not attended.
"It is scandalous how can people keep a template of a report, just print and submit it claiming they went to the field. Accounting officer, this money should be recovered within one month, failure to which you shall hold you culpable," Alaso said.
Kyamuswa County MP Tim Lwanga labeled Kenneth Mugumya, the Principal Accountant in the OPM, an embarrassment to the Accounts fraternity for letting such financial indiscipline go through. Lwanga accused Mugumya of deliberately ignoring the public finance and accounts Act while conducting business of the OPM.
The committee also grilled the accounting officer for diverting Ugx27bn to other activities outside the budget line. Budadiri west MP Nathan Nandala Mafabi observed that the affected items were not a priority for the OPM since the diverted funds constituted 37% of the allocated funds.
The committee demanded to know the items the money was spent on and those that were budgeted but had to be foregone.
Guwatudde told the committee that a bulk of the diverted funds was used to compensate donors after the OPM Geoffrey Kazinda scandal.