30 Headteachers In Trouble Over Failure To Account For Ugx 126M

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Mathias Katende, the former head teacher of Katuumu R/C Primary School admits failure to present accountability to PAC during the time of the audit but promises to defend himself when summoned again.

Thirty school head teachers in Luweero district are in trouble for alleged failure to account for over Shillings 126 million. 18 of the head teachers are accused of failing to account for Shillings 84 million disbursed under the Universal Primary Education grant for term two and three in 2016. 
They are from Kibula, Kabuye, Kankoole, Kiyiiya, Namakofu, Kyalugondo, Wattuba, Wakatayi Ndibulungi, Nalongo, Bamugolodde and Kibengo primary schools. In her December 29th letter to the schools, Florence Namirimu, the Internal Auditor Luweero District gives the head teachers five days to account for the funds or face disciplinary action.
12 other head teachers are also accused of failing to account for Shillings 42 million disbursed under the Universal Primary and Secondary Education grants in the fourth quarter of the 2013/14 financial year. They include the head teachers of Wobulenzi UMEA, Nyimbwa Church of Uganda, Kibula and Naluvule Roman Catholic, Zinunula, St Theresa Nandere Girls, Kabanyi, Nakakano, Katuumu, Sambwe Orthodox Primary school, Luweero Seed Secondary School and Kasana Secondary School.  
These are implicated in a report issued by Luweero District Public Accounts Committee recently. The district council has since resolved that the head teachers refund the money.  
Eustace Gakwandi, the Luweero Chief Administrative Officer, says he has instructed the Education Officer, Florence Bbosa to write to the head teachers tasking them to explain the whereabouts of the money or action is taken against them.

According to Gakwandi, some head teachers claim that the District Public Accounts Committee didn't internalize well their submissions, which has prompted him to give them a fair hearing before action is taken. Enoch Kiyemba, the acting Luweero District Education Officer, says some head teachers have been notified about the audit queries whereas others have been directed to refund the money as recommended by the District Public Accounts Committee.

Ronald Ndawula, the Luweero District LC 5 Chairperson, says embezzlement of school funds has crippled development and education performance. Some of the head teachers have been transferred while other fled with the money. Our reporter visited St. Kizito Naluvule Primary school where the head teacher, Josephine Nalubwama is implicated for failing to account for Shillings 3,100,601.

However, the Deputy Head teacher, Catherine Namukasa told URN that her boss absconded from duty and took on employment outside Uganda. Mathias Katende, the former head teacher of Katuumu R/C Primary School admits failure to present accountability to PAC during the time of the audit but promises to defend himself when summoned again. 

Others declined to comment and instead promised to submit their accountability to Internal Auditor to clear them of the allegations.


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Brian Luwaga
Since Brian Luwaga joined Uganda Radio Network in 2011, he is still amazed how, "URN is a place that gives journalists a chance to enhance their skills . It gives a journalist an opportunity to adopt and master various aspects of journalism that include radio broadcast, social media, photography and television production."

A practicing journalist since 2009, first with Star FM, Luwaga has always been keen to write about the concerns of the "common person." Based for much of his career in Luweero, Luwaga takes it as a compliment if politicians complain that his reporting is too harsh.

In his journalism, Luwaga likes to merge the past with the present. He believes you cannot understand what is happening now, if you do not have a grounding in the past. Brian Luwaga is the Luweero URN bureau chief. Nakasongola, Nakaseke, Mityana, Mubende and Wakiso districts fall under his docket.

Luwaga is interested in humanitarian work and is a keen Rotarian.