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Prime Minister’s PS Guwatudde on spot over abuse of taxpayer’s money

By Moses Kyeyune. mkyeyune@ug.nationmedia.com Ms Christine Guwatudde, the Permanent Secretary in the Office of the Prime Minister faces a sack, if Parliament adopts a report of the Public Accounts Committee, in which she is implicated for abuse of tax payers’ money. The committee wants the accounting officer relieved of her duties. At the core of the MPs’ concerns is the manner in which OPM accumulated arrears to a tune of shs 1.566 billion as of December 31, 2017, and failure to implement budget as approved by Parliament. “It was observed that an amount of shs 1.566 bn was irregularly incurred as domestic arrears outside the approved estimates appropriated by Parliament,” reads the report in part. The lawmakers noted an “unsustainable …

PAC wants Kagole Kivumbi sacked over misappropriation

By Moses Kyeyune. mkyeyune@ug.nationmedia.com The Public Accounts Committee of Parliament has recommended for the sacking of Mr Kagole Kivumbi as Secretary to the Judicial Service Commission over alleged misappropriation of funds. The committee chaired by Soroti Woman MP Angeline Osegge, noted in its report on the audit inquiry of 2016/17 that Mr Kivumbi diverted funds from actual budget allocations. According to the report, whereas the commission received 3.356 bn (99.6%) of the budgeted 3.374 bn, a number of planned outputs were not implemented, constraining service delivery and the purpose of budgeting and budgetary controls. MrKivumbi is said to have attributed the diversion of funds to ‘urgent needs’ within the Commission, when he appeared before PAC last year. “The Accounting Officer …

Broadcasters ask government to remove taxes on production equipment

By Damali Mukhaye. Broadcasters have asked government to reduce or remove taxes on production equipment if they are to promote local content. The call follows an appeal from the executive director of Uganda communication commission Godfrey Mutabazi who asked all broadcasters to implement the 70% local content rather than promoting the international content as it is witnessed during the meeting between the commission and broadcasters. Mutabazi says that most local televisions are promoting Chinese telenovelas while the local drama and movies are given little time. However the chairperson of the national association of broadcasters Kin Karisa says that the cost of producing local content like drama is very costly due to the high costs imposed on production equipment. It is …

PAC tasks PS Bagiire to recover 1.4 billion

By Moses Kyeyune. The Public Accounts Committee of Parliament wants the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Information and National Guidance Aggrey Bagiire to recover over 1.4 billion shillings which remained unaccounted for during the 2017 audit period. The recommendation is contained in the report of PAC in which MP’s want Parliament to compel the accounting officer recover the money within 30 days after the adoption of the report. The committee observed that the funds were advanced to staff personal accounts to carry out official duties but were not supported by activity programs, activity reports, receipts, and invoices. The committee further agreed with the findings of the auditor general that there is likelihood that funds were not utilized for the …

Gov’t to amend the land acquisition act

By Juliet Nalwooga. The minister for Lands, Housing and Urban Development Betty Amongi has revealed plans to amend the Land Acquisition Act. In 2017 government submitted the constitution land amendment bill before parliament seeking to amend Article 26 of the constitution to facilitate timely acquisition of land for government projects. A report was made by parliament advising government to withdraw the amendment but introduce an amendment to the Land Acquisition Act of 1965 instead. Addressing journalists at media center in Kampala Amongi said that as such consultations have kicked off in Hoima, Karamoja district and a national dialogue is be held in Kampala tomorrow. Key among the issues in the proposed bill is the introduction of a tribunal that will …