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Accounting Officers Face Sanctions For Failure Utilise Staff Recruitment Funds :: Uganda Radionetwork
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Accounting Officers Face Sanctions For Failure Utilise Staff Recruitment Funds

In his February 15, 2022, second budget call circular for finalizing the budget for the 2022/23 financial year to all accounting officers in central and local governments, Ramathan Ggoobi, the Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning, says that he has continuously observed that funds earmarked for staff recruitment are returned to the consolidated fund at end of the financial year resulting from delayed staff recruitment.
Accounting officers in Central and Local Governments face sanctions for failure to utilize funds earmarked for staff recruitment within the set timelines. In his February 15, 2022, second budget call circular for finalizing the budget for the 2022/23 financial year to all accounting officers in central and local governments, Ramathan Ggoobi, the Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning, says that he has continuously observed that funds earmarked for staff recruitment are returned to the consolidated fund at end of the financial year resulting from delayed staff recruitment.

He has directed the advertisement over all vacant and approved positions for the financial year 2022/23 be carried out before July 15th, 2022 and recruitment be carried out not later than September 15th, 2022. Ggoobi has also advised the Local governments to ensure that District Service Commissions are allocated adequate funds so that they can carry out routine operations among them staff recruitment.

He says that any accounting officer who doesn’t recruit staff within the set timeline will be personally held for constraining service delivery. He also warns to sanction all accounting officers who fail to utilize funds earmarked for staff recruitment, saying that they will have to forfeit an equivalent amount in the financial year 2023/24. 

Sam Kigula, the LC 5 Chairman of Nakasongola district has welcomed the proposal to sanction accounting officers, saying that some are reluctant to fill certain positions because of selfish motives, which in turn affects service delivery. 

Kigula explains that some positions remain vacant for years as accounting officers wait for their preferred candidates to complete their studies. Bernard Okello, the Luwero District Human Resource Officer, says that sometimes money remains unutilized because the recruitment of certain staff like secondary teachers is done by Education Service Commission, a process which may delay.

In the 2020/2021 financial year, Luwero district failed to utilize funds meant for salaries worth Shillings 1.254 billion.  Section 45 (3) of the Public Finance Management Act, 2015 states that an Accounting Officer shall enter into an annual budget performance contract with the Secretary to the Treasury, which shall bind the Accounting Officer to deliver on the activities in the work plan of the vote for a Financial year.

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