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  •   The Minister of State for Local Government Hon Victoria Rusoke Busingye is committed to fighting abuse of office and misuse of funds among other irregularities that plague local government operations Hon Busingye was responding to the Public Accounts Local Government Committee s report submitted to Parliament on its investigations into audit issues raised by the Auditor General s reports for FY 2020 2021 in 12 district local governments and two municipal councils The chairman of the committee Br Martin Ojara Mapenduzi said there were audit irregularities plaguing local government authorities accountants paying in full for services and projects that had not been completed mispayments misallocation of funds corruption and fraud The committee further noted that some officials who caused financial losses to the government were being transferred to other local district governments rather than face disciplinary action Deputy Speaker of Parliament Thomas Tayebwa responded to the report s findings by saying the government needed to devise punitive measures to deal with officers causing financial loss to the country You can t punish a misbehaving accountant by transferring him to districts with bigger budgets and funds added Tayebwa The Deputy Spokesperson proposed that accountants who commit acts of corruption be investigated by the Government Inspector General IGG instead of the Police because the IGG is better suited for that Hon Yovan Adriko NRM Vurra County stated that according to the committee s report local government officials in Arua district have embezzled money halting various public projects and delaying progress We want the perpetrators of these acts to be punished and the money recovered for the good of the district he said Alebtong District Women s Representative H E Dorcas Acen called for the central government to urgently address the issue of delayed access to pension payroll which has become a subject of great controversy She was distraught that seniors in retirement have had to struggle to access payroll Retired people find themselves in situations where they have to travel to the Ministry of Public Services in Kampala and return to their villages for extended periods before they can be added to the pension payroll this needs to be handled at the local government level added Acen Minister Busingye agreed with most of the concerns raised in the 100 plus page report and said they are working to resolve them though they require the support of local leaders Recently I found out in Kiruhura that the managing director paid a contractor the entire 1 7 billion shsh but unfortunately the contractor died two weeks later in a car accident she noted Busingye said the ministry has taken steps to intercept the officers responsible but the process has been lengthy due to bureaucracies within the judiciary He added that the effort to curb this type of incident is a multi ministerial matter and not just reserved for the Ministry of Local Government We need the support of all other government agencies to carry out our work efficiently said Busingye Busingye also stated that the ministry is dealing with irregular recruitments at the local government level by nullifying all appointments that are not routed through the Ministry of Public Service and intercepting the perpetrators He called on members of parliament to contact the ministry about any issues that may arise at the district level The minister further pledged to end the practice of transferring local government officials found guilty of abuse of office and public funds to other local governments instead of being intercepted The committee s report was adopted by the House
    Minister commits to combat irregularities in local governments
      The Minister of State for Local Government Hon Victoria Rusoke Busingye is committed to fighting abuse of office and misuse of funds among other irregularities that plague local government operations Hon Busingye was responding to the Public Accounts Local Government Committee s report submitted to Parliament on its investigations into audit issues raised by the Auditor General s reports for FY 2020 2021 in 12 district local governments and two municipal councils The chairman of the committee Br Martin Ojara Mapenduzi said there were audit irregularities plaguing local government authorities accountants paying in full for services and projects that had not been completed mispayments misallocation of funds corruption and fraud The committee further noted that some officials who caused financial losses to the government were being transferred to other local district governments rather than face disciplinary action Deputy Speaker of Parliament Thomas Tayebwa responded to the report s findings by saying the government needed to devise punitive measures to deal with officers causing financial loss to the country You can t punish a misbehaving accountant by transferring him to districts with bigger budgets and funds added Tayebwa The Deputy Spokesperson proposed that accountants who commit acts of corruption be investigated by the Government Inspector General IGG instead of the Police because the IGG is better suited for that Hon Yovan Adriko NRM Vurra County stated that according to the committee s report local government officials in Arua district have embezzled money halting various public projects and delaying progress We want the perpetrators of these acts to be punished and the money recovered for the good of the district he said Alebtong District Women s Representative H E Dorcas Acen called for the central government to urgently address the issue of delayed access to pension payroll which has become a subject of great controversy She was distraught that seniors in retirement have had to struggle to access payroll Retired people find themselves in situations where they have to travel to the Ministry of Public Services in Kampala and return to their villages for extended periods before they can be added to the pension payroll this needs to be handled at the local government level added Acen Minister Busingye agreed with most of the concerns raised in the 100 plus page report and said they are working to resolve them though they require the support of local leaders Recently I found out in Kiruhura that the managing director paid a contractor the entire 1 7 billion shsh but unfortunately the contractor died two weeks later in a car accident she noted Busingye said the ministry has taken steps to intercept the officers responsible but the process has been lengthy due to bureaucracies within the judiciary He added that the effort to curb this type of incident is a multi ministerial matter and not just reserved for the Ministry of Local Government We need the support of all other government agencies to carry out our work efficiently said Busingye Busingye also stated that the ministry is dealing with irregular recruitments at the local government level by nullifying all appointments that are not routed through the Ministry of Public Service and intercepting the perpetrators He called on members of parliament to contact the ministry about any issues that may arise at the district level The minister further pledged to end the practice of transferring local government officials found guilty of abuse of office and public funds to other local governments instead of being intercepted The committee s report was adopted by the House
    Minister commits to combat irregularities in local governments
    Africa1 month ago

    Minister commits to combat irregularities in local governments

    The Minister of State for Local Government, Hon. Victoria Rusoke Busingye is committed to fighting abuse of office and misuse of funds, among other irregularities that plague local government operations.

    Hon. Busingye was responding to the Public Accounts Local Government Committee's report submitted to Parliament on its investigations into audit issues raised by the Auditor General's reports for FY 2020/2021 in 12 district local governments and two municipal councils.

    The chairman of the committee, Br. Martin Ojara Mapenduzi, said there were audit irregularities plaguing local government authorities: accountants paying in full for services and projects that had not been completed, mispayments, misallocation of funds, corruption and fraud.

    The committee further noted that some officials who caused financial losses to the government were being transferred to other local district governments rather than face disciplinary action.

    Deputy Speaker of Parliament Thomas Tayebwa responded to the report's findings by saying the government needed to devise punitive measures to deal with officers causing financial loss to the country.

    “You can't punish a misbehaving accountant by transferring him to districts with bigger budgets and funds,” added Tayebwa.

    The Deputy Spokesperson proposed that accountants who commit acts of corruption be investigated by the Government Inspector General (IGG) instead of the Police because the IGG is better suited for that.

    Hon. Yovan Adriko (NRM, Vurra County) stated that according to the committee's report, local government officials in Arua district have embezzled money, halting various public projects and delaying progress.

    “We want the perpetrators of these acts to be punished and the money recovered for the good of the district,” he said.

    Alebtong District Women's Representative, H.E. Dorcas Acen called for the central government to urgently address the issue of delayed access to pension payroll which has become a subject of great controversy.

    She was distraught that seniors in retirement have had to struggle to access payroll.

    “Retired people find themselves in situations where they have to travel to the Ministry of Public Services in Kampala and return to their villages for extended periods before they can be added to the pension payroll; this needs to be handled at the local government level,” added Acen. Minister Busingye agreed with most of the concerns raised in the 100-plus page report and said they are working to resolve them, though they require the support of local leaders.

    “Recently I found out in Kiruhura that the managing director paid a contractor the entire 1.7 billion shsh but unfortunately the contractor died two weeks later in a car accident,” she noted.

    Busingye said the ministry has taken steps to intercept the officers responsible, but the process has been lengthy due to bureaucracies within the judiciary.

    He added that the effort to curb this type of incident is a multi-ministerial matter and not just reserved for the Ministry of Local Government.

    “We need the support of all other government agencies to carry out our work efficiently,” said Busingye.

    Busingye also stated that the ministry is dealing with irregular recruitments at the local government level by nullifying all appointments that are not routed through the Ministry of Public Service and intercepting the perpetrators.

    He called on members of parliament to contact the ministry about any issues that may arise at the district level.

    The minister further pledged to end the practice of transferring local government officials found guilty of abuse of office and public funds to other local governments instead of being intercepted.

    The committee's report was adopted by the House.

  •   Parliament has recommended the investigation of the former Minister for Land Housing and Urban Development Hon Beti Kamya and the Minister of Finance H E Matia Kasaija for her role in the 10 6 billion Shsh land compensation The Chamber chaired by the Speaker of Parliament Anita Among on Thursday August 04 2022 adopted the report of the Committee on Commissions Statutory Authorities and State Owned Enterprises Cose that requested the investigation Four landowners including Stephen Nagenda the late Kosia Rwabukurukuru Geoffrey Mugisha and Nantalia Namuli were compensated for their land in different parts of the country The committee in its report states that although the Uganda Land Commission ULC was supposed to apply for the supplement the then Hon Beti Kamya started the plugin without the knowledge of the Commission The committee found that after it was approved and disbursed the supplement was fraught with controversy as it emerged that phantom claimants were paid One of the cases is that of Nantalia Namuli who was meant to get Shh2 3 billion for her land in Kagadi but the committee found that she did not own the land and that a law firm Lubega and Buzibira Co Advocates who represented her benefited from compensation of Shs2 3 billion through Warren Mwesigye The committee s report blames Kamya and Kasaija for their role in the publication of the supplement For her part Kasaija admitted to the committee that the correct procedure was not followed to secure the supplement and that her staff should not have considered the supplement The report also implicates Treasury Undersecretary Patrick Ocailap who admitted to the commission that he authorized the payment without due diligence For Beti Kamya the committee asserts that although it claimed there was a directive from the president on the supplement it did not provide a copy of the directive but rather provided a letter written to it by the president s principal private secretary requesting a compensation for the family of the late Kosiya Rwabukurukuru The former Land Minister should be investigated for her involvement in the initiation of the 10 6 billion shilling payment Hon Matia Kasaija and Mr Patrick Ocailap Permanent Secretary and Secretary of the Treasury should be investigated for their role in the complementary processes of Shs6 billion said Ssenyonyi AUDIO Ssenyonyi The committee also recommended the prosecution of Barbara Imaryo the then accounting officer of the Uganda Land Commission and Siraje Isabirye the chief accountant in regards to phantom payments in the supplement Imaryo reportedly fled the country when the investigation into the supplement began Uganda Police should work with Interpol to bring Barbara Imaryo back to the country for prosecution Nantalia Namuli and her accomplices such as Amara Peter should be prosecuted for forgery and Buzibira and Co Advocates should be prosecuted for assisting in the fraudulent transaction that led to the illegal payment of shs2 039 billion to Nantalia Namuli Ssenyonyi noted in the report The committee also recommended that the lost money be recovered and that the Uganda Law Council take action against the lawyers Speaker Anita Among asked about the current IGG investigation that is implicated but the Minister of Defense Hon Jacob Marksons Oboth indicated that the IGG is being investigated as a former minister and not because of the position he currently holds He directed that this can be investigated by the Auditor General or the appointing authority Let me thank the committee for a good job I was listening and I thought it was a trial I didn t know it was a committee report It was like a trial the way the evidence was analyzed and evaluated Oboth said AUDIO Oboth Oboth However the Speaker indicated that since the report was originally from the Auditor General it cannot be returned to that office rather Parliament can only request investigations She said the House should simply decide on the report and wait for a Treasury memorandum on the matter We can request investigations and of course only the Police and IGG can carry out the investigations the Spokesperson added The MP for Kalungu West Hon Joseph Ssewungu said that IGG can pave the way for his investigation by stepping down from his duties temporarily
    Uganda: Parliament Wants Beti Kamya, Kasaija Investigated
      Parliament has recommended the investigation of the former Minister for Land Housing and Urban Development Hon Beti Kamya and the Minister of Finance H E Matia Kasaija for her role in the 10 6 billion Shsh land compensation The Chamber chaired by the Speaker of Parliament Anita Among on Thursday August 04 2022 adopted the report of the Committee on Commissions Statutory Authorities and State Owned Enterprises Cose that requested the investigation Four landowners including Stephen Nagenda the late Kosia Rwabukurukuru Geoffrey Mugisha and Nantalia Namuli were compensated for their land in different parts of the country The committee in its report states that although the Uganda Land Commission ULC was supposed to apply for the supplement the then Hon Beti Kamya started the plugin without the knowledge of the Commission The committee found that after it was approved and disbursed the supplement was fraught with controversy as it emerged that phantom claimants were paid One of the cases is that of Nantalia Namuli who was meant to get Shh2 3 billion for her land in Kagadi but the committee found that she did not own the land and that a law firm Lubega and Buzibira Co Advocates who represented her benefited from compensation of Shs2 3 billion through Warren Mwesigye The committee s report blames Kamya and Kasaija for their role in the publication of the supplement For her part Kasaija admitted to the committee that the correct procedure was not followed to secure the supplement and that her staff should not have considered the supplement The report also implicates Treasury Undersecretary Patrick Ocailap who admitted to the commission that he authorized the payment without due diligence For Beti Kamya the committee asserts that although it claimed there was a directive from the president on the supplement it did not provide a copy of the directive but rather provided a letter written to it by the president s principal private secretary requesting a compensation for the family of the late Kosiya Rwabukurukuru The former Land Minister should be investigated for her involvement in the initiation of the 10 6 billion shilling payment Hon Matia Kasaija and Mr Patrick Ocailap Permanent Secretary and Secretary of the Treasury should be investigated for their role in the complementary processes of Shs6 billion said Ssenyonyi AUDIO Ssenyonyi The committee also recommended the prosecution of Barbara Imaryo the then accounting officer of the Uganda Land Commission and Siraje Isabirye the chief accountant in regards to phantom payments in the supplement Imaryo reportedly fled the country when the investigation into the supplement began Uganda Police should work with Interpol to bring Barbara Imaryo back to the country for prosecution Nantalia Namuli and her accomplices such as Amara Peter should be prosecuted for forgery and Buzibira and Co Advocates should be prosecuted for assisting in the fraudulent transaction that led to the illegal payment of shs2 039 billion to Nantalia Namuli Ssenyonyi noted in the report The committee also recommended that the lost money be recovered and that the Uganda Law Council take action against the lawyers Speaker Anita Among asked about the current IGG investigation that is implicated but the Minister of Defense Hon Jacob Marksons Oboth indicated that the IGG is being investigated as a former minister and not because of the position he currently holds He directed that this can be investigated by the Auditor General or the appointing authority Let me thank the committee for a good job I was listening and I thought it was a trial I didn t know it was a committee report It was like a trial the way the evidence was analyzed and evaluated Oboth said AUDIO Oboth Oboth However the Speaker indicated that since the report was originally from the Auditor General it cannot be returned to that office rather Parliament can only request investigations She said the House should simply decide on the report and wait for a Treasury memorandum on the matter We can request investigations and of course only the Police and IGG can carry out the investigations the Spokesperson added The MP for Kalungu West Hon Joseph Ssewungu said that IGG can pave the way for his investigation by stepping down from his duties temporarily
    Uganda: Parliament Wants Beti Kamya, Kasaija Investigated
    Africa2 months ago

    Uganda: Parliament Wants Beti Kamya, Kasaija Investigated

    Parliament has recommended the investigation of the former Minister for Land, Housing and Urban Development, Hon. Beti Kamya and the Minister of Finance, H.E. Matia Kasaija for her role in the 10.6 billion Shsh land compensation.

    The Chamber chaired by the Speaker of Parliament, Anita Among, on Thursday, August 04, 2022 adopted the report of the Committee on Commissions, Statutory Authorities and State-Owned Enterprises (Cose) that requested the investigation.

    Four landowners, including Stephen Nagenda, the late Kosia Rwabukurukuru, Geoffrey Mugisha and Nantalia Namuli, were compensated for their land in different parts of the country.

    The committee in its report states that although the Uganda Land Commission (ULC) was supposed to apply for the supplement, the then Hon. Beti Kamya started the plugin without the knowledge of the Commission.

    The committee found that after it was approved and disbursed, the supplement was fraught with controversy as it emerged that phantom claimants were paid.

    One of the cases is that of Nantalia Namuli, who was meant to get Shh2.3 billion for her land in Kagadi, but the committee found that she did not own the land and that a law firm, Lubega and Buzibira Co. Advocates, who represented her, benefited from compensation of Shs2.3 billion through Warren Mwesigye.

    The committee's report blames Kamya and Kasaija for their role in the publication of the supplement.

    For her part, Kasaija admitted to the committee that the correct procedure was not followed to secure the supplement and that her staff should not have considered the supplement.

    The report also implicates Treasury Undersecretary Patrick Ocailap, who admitted to the commission that he authorized the payment without due diligence.

    For Beti Kamya, the committee asserts that although it claimed there was a directive from the president on the supplement, it did not provide a copy of the directive, but rather provided a letter written to it by the president's principal private secretary requesting a compensation.

    for the family of the late Kosiya Rwabukurukuru.

    “The former Land Minister should be investigated for her involvement in the initiation of the 10.6 billion shilling payment.

    Hon. Matia Kasaija and Mr. Patrick Ocailap, Permanent Secretary and Secretary of the Treasury, should be investigated for their role in the complementary processes of Shs6 billion”, said Ssenyonyi.

    AUDIO Ssenyonyi The committee also recommended the prosecution of Barbara Imaryo, the then accounting officer of the Uganda Land Commission, and Siraje Isabirye, the chief accountant in regards to phantom payments in the supplement.

    Imaryo reportedly fled the country when the investigation into the supplement began.

    “Uganda Police should work with Interpol to bring Barbara Imaryo back to the country for prosecution.

    Nantalia Namuli and her accomplices such as Amara Peter should be prosecuted for forgery and Buzibira and Co. Advocates should be prosecuted for assisting in the fraudulent transaction that led to the illegal payment of shs2.039 billion to Nantalia Namuli ”, Ssenyonyi noted in the report.

    The committee also recommended that the lost money be recovered and that the Uganda Law Council take action against the lawyers.

    Speaker Anita Among asked about the current IGG investigation that is implicated, but the Minister of Defense, Hon. Jacob Marksons Oboth indicated that the IGG is being investigated as a former minister and not because of the position he currently holds.

    He directed that this can be investigated by the Auditor General or the appointing authority.

    “Let me thank the committee for a good job.

    I was listening and I thought it was a trial.

    I didn't know it was a committee report; It was like a trial; the way the evidence was analyzed and evaluated,” Oboth said.

    AUDIO Oboth Oboth However, the Speaker indicated that since the report was originally from the Auditor General, it cannot be returned to that office, rather Parliament can only request investigations.

    She said the House should simply decide on the report and wait for a Treasury memorandum on the matter.

    “We can request investigations and of course only the Police and IGG can carry out the investigations,” the Spokesperson added.

    The MP for Kalungu West, Hon. Joseph Ssewungu said that IGG can pave the way for his investigation by stepping down from his duties temporarily.

  •   I need to know why the IGG has consistently steered clear of rule of law and law enforcement conduct issues that are in the public domain KAMPALA Uganda January 17 2022 APO Group The Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Committee has put IG officials on the defensive over what they called a conflict of interest in the investigation and prosecution of the embattled Uganda Land Commission chief Hon Beatrice Byenkya Byenkya is being tried for allegedly obstructing Inspectorate investigators investigating her for abuse of power But lawmakers described the charges as whitchunt which they said stemmed from Byenkya s deep rivalry with Government Inspector General IGG the Hon Betty Kamya There are accusations that you are fighting personal wars her Ms Kamya he was supervisor of the chairman of the Uganda Land Commission and they had fundamental differences as the Ombudsman they should never find themselves in such circumstances said MP Fox Oywelowo Odoi NRM West Budama North East For MP Asuman Basalirwa Jeema Bugiri Municipality the main challenge facing the IGG is the lack of interest in addressing issues related to upholding the rule of law which he said is one of its main mandates I need to know why the IGG has consistently avoided rule of law issues and conduct of security officers that is in the public domain fighting corruption is not the only mandate of the IGG he said He also asked if Kamya personally requested Byenkya s indictment Who particularly sanctioned the investigation and prosecution of the chairman of the Uganda Land Commission MP Basalirwa said Shadow Attorney General Hon Wilfred Niwagaba said Byenkya is being persecuted It cannot be a genuine prosecution but a mere persecution he said IGG Deputy Ms Anne Muhairwe led the IG team before Parliament s Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Committee to receive its Ministerial Policy Statement for FY2022 23 Muhairwe said there is no ill intent in Byenkya s prosecution saying the IG s sole intention is to deal with land related fraud The IG wants a total of Shs53 4 billion of which Shs13 2 billion will go to IG head office building refurbishment and construction Shs33 2 billion will go to salaries Shs4 billion to cover administration costs
    Uganda: IGG officials on spot over Land Commission boss suspension
      I need to know why the IGG has consistently steered clear of rule of law and law enforcement conduct issues that are in the public domain KAMPALA Uganda January 17 2022 APO Group The Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Committee has put IG officials on the defensive over what they called a conflict of interest in the investigation and prosecution of the embattled Uganda Land Commission chief Hon Beatrice Byenkya Byenkya is being tried for allegedly obstructing Inspectorate investigators investigating her for abuse of power But lawmakers described the charges as whitchunt which they said stemmed from Byenkya s deep rivalry with Government Inspector General IGG the Hon Betty Kamya There are accusations that you are fighting personal wars her Ms Kamya he was supervisor of the chairman of the Uganda Land Commission and they had fundamental differences as the Ombudsman they should never find themselves in such circumstances said MP Fox Oywelowo Odoi NRM West Budama North East For MP Asuman Basalirwa Jeema Bugiri Municipality the main challenge facing the IGG is the lack of interest in addressing issues related to upholding the rule of law which he said is one of its main mandates I need to know why the IGG has consistently avoided rule of law issues and conduct of security officers that is in the public domain fighting corruption is not the only mandate of the IGG he said He also asked if Kamya personally requested Byenkya s indictment Who particularly sanctioned the investigation and prosecution of the chairman of the Uganda Land Commission MP Basalirwa said Shadow Attorney General Hon Wilfred Niwagaba said Byenkya is being persecuted It cannot be a genuine prosecution but a mere persecution he said IGG Deputy Ms Anne Muhairwe led the IG team before Parliament s Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Committee to receive its Ministerial Policy Statement for FY2022 23 Muhairwe said there is no ill intent in Byenkya s prosecution saying the IG s sole intention is to deal with land related fraud The IG wants a total of Shs53 4 billion of which Shs13 2 billion will go to IG head office building refurbishment and construction Shs33 2 billion will go to salaries Shs4 billion to cover administration costs
    Uganda: IGG officials on spot over Land Commission boss suspension
    Africa8 months ago

    Uganda: IGG officials on spot over Land Commission boss suspension

    I need to know why the IGG has consistently steered clear of rule of law and law enforcement conduct issues that are in the public domain.

    KAMPALA, Uganda, January 17, 2022/APO Group/ --

    The Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Committee has put IG officials on the defensive over what they called a conflict of interest in the investigation and prosecution of the embattled Uganda Land Commission chief, Hon Beatrice Byenkya. .

    Byenkya is being tried for allegedly obstructing Inspectorate investigators investigating her for abuse of power.

    But lawmakers described the charges as whitchunt, which they said stemmed from Byenkya's deep rivalry with Government Inspector General (IGG), the Hon Betty Kamya.

    “There are accusations that you are fighting personal wars; her [Ms Kamya] he was supervisor of the chairman of the Uganda Land Commission and they had fundamental differences; as the Ombudsman, they should never find themselves in such circumstances,” said MP Fox Oywelowo Odoi (NRM, West Budama North-East).

    For MP Asuman Basalirwa (Jeema, Bugiri Municipality), the main challenge facing the IGG is the lack of interest in addressing issues related to upholding the rule of law, which he said is one of its main mandates.

    “I need to know why the IGG has consistently avoided rule of law issues and conduct of security officers that is in the public domain; fighting corruption is not the only mandate of the IGG,” he said.

    He also asked if Kamya personally requested Byenkya's indictment. “Who particularly sanctioned the investigation and prosecution of the chairman of the Uganda Land Commission?” MP Basalirwa said.

    Shadow Attorney General Hon Wilfred Niwagaba said Byenkya is being persecuted. "It cannot be a genuine prosecution but a mere persecution," he said.

    IGG Deputy, Ms Anne Muhairwe, led the IG team before Parliament's Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Committee to receive its Ministerial Policy Statement for FY2022/23.

    Muhairwe said there is no ill intent in Byenkya's prosecution, saying the IG's sole intention is to deal with land-related fraud.

    The IG wants a total of Shs53.4 billion, of which Shs13.2 billion will go to “IG head office building refurbishment and construction”.

    Shs33.2 billion will go to salaries, Shs4 billion to cover administration costs.