The Local Government Accounts Committee has completed the scrutiny of the queries raised by the Auditor General regarding public accountability in the districts of Busoga and Kayunga plus the municipalities in the region.
The committee advised the Chief Accounting Officers to own their districts and do the supervisory roles in all the departments in order to give services to Ugandans. They were told that accountability is theirs and the technical people just give them support. .
During the exercise, the Luuka District Engineer and the district Procurement Officer were advised to make statements to the C.I.D section in order for the committee to find proper records and accountability on the renovation of Kayunga Health Centre IV in Luuka District.
It was established that the work was unfinished and that much as money was paid to the contractor, there were no certificates issued and there were anomalies in the transaction.
In another development, the C.A.O of Kaliro district, was sent back and asked to return with his technical team since he was not providing the right information as expected by the Committee. The CAO of Namutumba, some of his technical team, the Procurement Officer, the Chief Finance Officer and the District Engineer were asked to pay for the losses, after hiring an excavator without using the procurement law.
The C.A.O was directed to make the officers refund the money within six months, to submit all the documentation, and to return and meet the committee when it is in their next region.
The Committee established that Iganga Municipality had accumulated many debts, and was not satisfied with the list presented.
Since the C.A.O was new, he was advised to conduct an in house check and draw up the true list against which the municipality will pay.
Furthermore, the Committee discovered a lot of anomalies in the accountability papers and receipts especially those of fuel used in the Municipality.
The committee advised the C.A.O that the officers who were involved in the fuel transactions, seminars without invitations, had not remitted cash to U.R.A to refund the money since their accountabilities are not tallying with the law.
The Committee was satisfied with the conduct and the method exibited by the CAO of Namayingo District, and advised the rest to borrow a leaf from her.