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Cancer Institute Fails to Account for UGX 1.77 Billion

Today, a team from the Cancer Institute, led by the Executive Director Dr Jackson Orem, was appearing before the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of Parliament to answer audit queries raised by the Auditor General in his reports covering two financial years; 2016/2017 and 2017/2018.
Officials from the Uganda Cancer Institute appearing before PAC

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The Uganda Cancer Institute has failed to account for 1.77 billion Shillings amidst claims of under-funding and high demand for cancer services.  

The contention arises from a sum of 40 million Shillings that is missing under Non-Tax revenue collections for the financial year 2016/2017, 8.7 million Shillings that was not sent to the Consolidated Fund as NTR in financial year 2017/2018, 1.2 billion Shillings which had been set aside for the recruitment of staff in the same financial year and 740 million Shillings which was spent in excess of its budgetary allocation.  

The institute spent 15.4 billion Shillings in financial year 2016/2017 despite a budget allocation of 14.7 billion. 

Today, a team from the Cancer Institute, led by the Executive Director Dr Jackson Orem, was appearing before the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of Parliament to answer audit queries raised by the Auditor General in his reports covering two financial years; 2016/2017 and 2017/2018.

Dr Orem pleaded that his team is allowed to reconcile figures in their books of accounts, but his request attracted fury from MPs who accused the Institute officials of mismanaging public funds. 

Committee Chairperson Nathan Nandala Mafabi noted that despite the Cancer Institute having money to carry out services, there is a problem with accountability that should be dealt with. Nandala also faulted the institute for spending over and above the appropriated funds without approval.

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Tororo South MP Fredrick Angura demanded the Institution to explain its absorption capacity, which according to him, is a key concern. He wondered how the institution failed to spend key resources meant to solve problems at the Cancer Institution.  

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Following their failure to convince the committee, Mbarara Municipality MP Michael Tusiime demanded that the officials are dismissed and return at a later stage with accountability for the funds. 

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Kwania County MP Tonny Ayoo supported the idea of dismissing the officials from the Uganda Cancer Institute saying that there was a need to give them a benefit of doubt to present the required accountability.

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Dr Jackson Orem, the Executive Director of the Uganda Cancer Institute appealed to the committee to allow them time to rectify their books of accounts and prepare accountability for funds they did not absorb and report back next week.   

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Nandala cautioned Orem saying that the Institute is very important to the country and that his committee will need accountability for every penny that was allocated in the two financial years of 2016/2017 and 2017/2018.

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