MPs Bounce NFA Officials Over Accountability

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Auditor General John Muwanga in the financial year ending June 2015 gave a qualified opinion to NFA based on non-valuation of the authoritys land and accumulated payables of 10.4 billion shillings.

Officials from the National Forestry Authority (NFA) will return to Parliament on Tuesday after they were kicked out yesterday for lack of detailed accountability documents.

The officials led by the NFA Executive Director Micheal Mugisa had appeared before the Committee on Commissions, Statutory Authorities and State Enterprises (COSASE) to answer audit queries raised by the Auditor General for the year ending June 2015.  
The committee chaired by Bugweri County MP Abdul Katuntu chased them away after realising that they were not ready to respond to the audit queries satisfactorily.
 
"This is not a casual place; we need to give this institution its due respect. We are not coming here to go through evidence, we just need documentary evidence", said Katuntu.
 
He noted that the committee needed NFA officials to avail the asset register and the financial manual to establish the safety of the authority's land.
 
MP Katuntu said that most of the land held by public institutions is at risk of being grabbed citing illegal acquisition of land by individuals within public entities.
 
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Mugisa told journalists that they had a number of reports but lacking sufficient evidence.
 
"We have made responses at least they are updated at the time. We have some evidence but I am afraid not all evidence is in", said Mugisa.
 
However, MP Katuntu said that there is nothing like some evidence in accountability and therefore a need for NFA officials to give answers with evidence to the committee.
 
"You have had a disagreement with the Auditor General, narrations are not allowed, they are unacceptable. So just go back and get your house in order. Never come to this Committee except when you are ready", Katuntu ruled.
 
Mugisa then said that he will avail all the necessary accountability documents when they appear before the committee again.
 
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Auditor General John Muwanga in the financial year ending June 2015 gave a qualified opinion to NFA based on non-valuation of the authority's land and accumulated payables of 10.4 billion shillings.
 
The Auditor General recommended to parliament that the authority's accounting officer should show proof of valuation and recognition of land.

 

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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.