Local Govt Units Overwhelm Auditor General

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Uganda currently has 1200 local government units, which according to the Auditor General, cannot be covered within a period of one year.

The Office of the Auditor General is overwhelmed by the bulging number of local administrative units across the country, according to Auditor General John Muwanga.

The office audits all funds appropriated to the central government, state enterprises, statutory corporations and local governments among other entities.

But Muwanga observes that up to 805 local administrative units were left out of the June 2016 financial audit whose findings were released last month due to human resource constraints. Uganda currently has 1200 local government units, which according to the Auditor General, cannot be covered within a period of one year.

Previous audits have unearthed rot and innumerable misappropriation of public funds entrusted to local governments. However, Muwanga says that the sector remains a big challenge and calls for amendments to allow more time for auditing local governments.

Muwanga was today officiating at a sensitization workshop for parliament's accountability committees held at the Audit House. In the workshop, legislators were briefed on key audit findings embedded in the 2015/2016 financial year report.
 
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The Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga noted the challenges faced by the Audit office in regard to the big number of local governments saying that parliament will find strategies on how the Auditor General can exhaustively audit them.

Kadaga who lauded the Auditor General for prompt reporting also cited a need for government to act on its officers indicated in abuse of funds.

Kadaga said that committees under the Tenth Parliament have exhibited great performance while acting on the Auditor General's reports but action from government remains far from impressive.
 
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By December 2016, Parliament's Committee on Commissions, Statutory Authorities and State Enterprises (COSASE) had recovered close to 50 billion Shillings from five Chinese Contracting Companies in the roads sector following dubious dealings.

Kadaga said that parliament would advocate for more stringent measures that would put implicated accounting officers to book adding that the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) and the Inspector General of Government (IGG) have already been requested to attach officers on parliament accountability committees so that they take up potential corruption cases immediately.

 

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Olive Nakatudde
Olive Nakatudde is a URN journalist based in Kampala. Nakatudde has been a URN staff member since 2013.

Nakatudde started out in journalism in 2009 with Dembe FM radio in Kampala. In 2012, Nakatudde joined Voice of Africa as a political reporter. She has been a photographer since her journalism school days at Makerere University.

Nakatudde is interested in good governance and public policy, which she reports on intensively from the Uganda Parliament. She is a keen follower of cultural affairs in Buganda Kingdom and covers the kingdom's Lukiiko (parliament). Nakatudde also reports on education and health.