According to the councilors, although the agencies receive funding from the government, the 30 percent commission is meant to motivate the teams to recover stolen public funds.
council has resolved to give 30 percent of embezzled funds to the recovering entity. According to the councillors, although
the entities receive funding from the government, the 30 percent commission is meant
to motivate the teams to work hard and recover stolen public funds.
The entities mandated to
investigate and recover public funds in local governments include the Public Accounts Committee, Internal Auditor
and District Council among others. Deo Atuhaire, the Buhweju District LC V
Chairperson, says that the 30% commission is to motivate the entities to step
up their efforts.
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He says that the
recovering entities have small budgets, which affects their operations. According
to Atuhaire, the recovered money is recorded as local revenue, which falls
under their mandate.
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Bishanga Rwoozi, one of the councilors, says the proposed commission should
have been allocated to service delivery.
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Francis Nuwajuna, the Buhweju Social Services Secretary, says that most
committees have been poorly performing despite having budget allocations.
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Deusdedit Beinemugisha, the Chairperson Buhweju Public Accounts Committee has
welcomed the district resolution, saying that the Shillings 5.2 million they receive
from the Central government annually is not enough to conduct hearings.
He says that the
seven-member committee that is supposed to sit three times each quarter is expected
to receive allowances and lunch for each sitting, which makes the Shillings 1.2
million they receive each quarter very little.
The chairperson pockets Shillings 160,000 each
sitting while members pocket Shillings 120,000 that he says is small for
someone fighting corruption.
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Damba Henry, the Buhweju Chief Administrative Officer, says that money will supplement
to the already provided funding stipulated under section 88 (10) of the Local
Government Act CAP 243.
Public Accounts Committees are established under Section 88 (7-9) of the Local
Government Act, CAP 243. They are mandated to examine reports of the Internal
Auditor or other inquiry reports about the local government.
The reports of the
committee are required to be submitted to the District Council for deliberation
and recommendations. The Inter audit department is established under Section 90 of the Local
Governments Act Cap 243 in every district whose duties and responsibilities are
also well defined by regulations 2007.
The internal audit department receives Shillings
18million annually to conduct audits. Recently, Buhweju District Public Accounts Committee directed five district
officials to refund Shillings 40Million that was misappropriated. The officers fraudulently
withdrew the money that was meant to procure motorcycles.