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PAC wants Kagole Kivumbi sacked over misappropriation

March 22, 2019 9:00 am

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 (MrKivumbi) responded that the under performance was due to reallocation of funds from Barazas to cater for recruitment activities, reallocation of funds from desk sets to buy furniture for the new members of the Commission and under release of Funds by the Ministry,” reads the report in part.

The report adds that, “this practice undermines the importance of the budgeting process and results into financial misreporting.”

The Public Finance Management Act under Section 79 (1) (q) provides that a mischarge is irregular and constitutes an offence.

As a sanction, the committee has recommended for MrKivumbi to be sacked.

“The Accounting officer should be relieved of his/her duties and should never be re-appointed in accordance with Section 79 (1) (q), 79 (2) and 80,” the report reads.

The committee further observed that that the budget process was not streamlined to allow sufficient funds to each account and that “budget controls were adamantly not adhered to such as seeking authority for any reallocation.”

As a stop gap measure, the committee has recommended for the streamlining of the budget process to ensure that sufficient funds are allocated to each account.

The lawmakers also want accounting officers to ensure strict adherence of budget controls, which include seeking authority for resource appropriation from Parliament.

The committee also raised concern over the delayed disposal of cases within the complaints management system, leaving the case backlog at 614 at the time of writing the report.

However, the auditor general, Mr John Muwanga, in his new audit report of 2018 highlighted the continued existence of such backlogs.

The report also noted a number of unimplemented activities over payment of pension worth shs 30.8 million and low absorption of funds, resulting into an unspent balance of Shs 995 million.

Parliament is yet to debate the report.

Early this year, the deputy Speaker Jacob Oulanyah, said that delayed handling of PAC reports has created room for accounting officers to escape justice.

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Broadcasters ask government to remove taxes on production equipment

March 22, 2019 8:00 am

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 from this that he called upon government to make the equipment cheaper.

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Nigerian Singer Burna Boy arrives in Uganda ahead of concert

March 21, 2019 3:22 pm

By Lawrence Ogwal.

Burna Boy (real name Damini Ogulu) who is slated to perform at a concert on Friday March 22nd, has arrived in the country. The plane he was in touched down at around 12:30pm at Entebbe Airport. The singer will headline a concert at Sheraton Hotel’s Gardens along with Ugandan singers Sheebah, Irene Ntale and Vinka on the show dubbed Burna Boy KLA Experience.

This will be the second time Burna Boy is performing in Uganda, after he performed at the Mega Fest event at Namboole Stadium in 2014. There will be a meet and greet event this evening at Former Pyramids located on Yusuf Lule Road. Entrance to the meet and greet will be Shs 100,000.

The main concert tomorrow will also go for Shs100,000 VIP and Shs50,000 ordinary. Burna Boy has been performing in different African countries in what he calls  the African Giant Tour. However, his show tomorrow is not part of that tour. Speaking to the press at Entebbe International Airport, the artiste says he cannot wait to perform in Uganda again. “Ugandan people have the vibe that I want and I promise them that tomorrow will be a movie, let them all come for the Burna Boy KLA Experience,” he said.

Some of his popular songs include On The LowGbonaYeMiss You BadSekkle DownGiddemKilling Dem and Gbesile, a song he did with Navio among other songs.

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Manager Jeff Kiwa - 1 billion for the Sheebah / Cindy battle

March 21, 2019 2:42 pm

Sheebah Karungi’s manager Jeff Kiwa has assured Cindy Sanyu, that if there is no money, amounting to Shs 1 billion, then there will be no battle between her and Queen Sheebah.

This has stemmed from a current cat fight going on between the two artistes over who is better musically.

Yesterday, Jeff went on his Instagram account named Born So Lucky, posted a video of Sheebah in the studio recording a song and captioned it “No Billion, No Battle”.

The exchange between the two artistes has been going on for some time. Sheebah recently said she cannot have a music battle with Cindy as she is a feminist who will not take part in such an event. However, in the interview on Spark TV’s Livewire show, Sheebah remarked that Cindy has not built herself a house despite spending so many years in the music industry, compared to Sheebah who has done so. Cindy clapped back by saying that Sheebah and many other female artistes signed to record labels, are dummies who have no say on the kind of music they release.

“We are not at the same level. Sheebah is a great artiste, she is very entertaining. She just needs a little more practice and then we can have a battle which is fair because it wouldn’t be fair to put me on a stage with Sheebah right now,” Cindy said during UBC TV’s Horizon Vibe show.

Jeff Kiwa has been Sheebah Karungi’s manager ever since her break out song titled Ice Cream. The two have come a long way and he has seen Sheebah rise to the top. She has also staged two major concerts at Hotel Africana.

PAC tasks PS Bagiire to recover 1.4 billion

March 21, 2019 9:44 am

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 intended purposes thus rendering the expenditure doubtful.

The Permanent secretary, according to recommendations contained in the report of PAC will have to recover the money from implicated officers in 30 days after the adoption of the report, or else the funds will be recovered from him within the same period.

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Gov't to amend the land acquisition act

March 21, 2019 9:44 am

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 be mandated to settle disputes between land owners and government over compensation within 30 days.

Amongi cited the Entebbe Express Way, Northern Bypass and oil roads whose implementation has been delayed by disputes arising out of the compulsory land acquisition process.

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