The Public Accounts Committee recommends that the Inspector General of Government IGG should investigate the irregularities in mandamus payments with a view to prosecute the Permanent Secretary/Secretary to Treasury PS/ST Keith Muhakanizi. The committee also says that the PS/ST should set up a robust system of payment of court awards that ensures fairness and transparency.
Parliament Public Accounts Committee PAC has recommended that Finance Minister Matia Kasaija be censured for misleading Parliament and obtaining the 200-million-dollar Preferential Trade Area-PTA loan by false pretence. The committee further recommends that the Secretary to Treasury Keith Muhakanizi should be relieved of his office for superimposing his authority during the processing of the loan.
Finance ministry officials ignored advice of the central bank Governor when processing the 200-million-dollar Preferential Trade Are-PTA loan, legislators have heard today. In a letter dated February 2, 2016, the Bank of Uganda Governor Emmanuel Tumusiime Mutebile advised the finance minister Matia Kasaija together with the Secretary to Treasury Keith Muhakanizi not to proceed with the borrowing.
The money was reportedly paid to Uganda Revenue Authority URA to refund Value Added Tax VAT and Import duty on raw materials in the textile industry as part of government commitment to support the agriculture and textile sub sector.
Keith Muhakanizi had been summoned by the committee chaired by Soroti Woman MP, Angeline Osege to answer queries raised by the Auditor General in his 2014/2015 value for money audit. The audit highlighted governments poor utilisation of external loans.
The law firm Hall and Partners that is linked to city lawyer Bob Kasango was paid 15 billion Shillings to defend government in a case filed by over 6000 civil servants challenging their retrenchment in 1992. In the suit the retrenched employees sought a court order to be paid pension and general damages.
16 districts have missed out on the April 2014 salary payments following delay of submission of finalized payrolls of April for upload according to Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development.
The Districts include Adjumani, Apac, Arua, Bugiri, Bundibugyo, Busia, Gulu, Iganga, Jinja, Kabale, Kalangala, Kisoro, Kitgum, Kyenjojo, Lira and Luwero.