Uganda Heart Institute officials wanted over Shs464m theft


The Public Accounts Committee [PAC] has summoned three former officials of Uganda Heart Institute over Shillings 464 million.

The trio includes the former Cashier, Domnic Ochola, the former Chief Accountant and Internal Auditor.

Uganda Radio Network reports that the officials wanted to account for Shillings 464 million from the institute.

The decision to summon the officials came after Dr. John Omangino, the Director of Uganda Heart Institute failed to explain the loss of the money in question.

Dr. Omangino had appeared before the Committee with David Matovu, the Chief Accountant of Uganda Heart Institute to respond to audit queries.

In his June 2015 audit report, the Auditor General John Muwanga unearthed gross anomalies in the Heart Institute resulting from weak internal controls.

The Heart Institute earns non-tax revenue of over Shillings 2 billion annually.

The money is used to run activities of the institute in line with the annual work plan.

However, only Shillings 1.9 billion out of the Shillings 2.3 billion that was received in the audit review period was banked.

There are no records to show how the unbanked money was used.

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