According to information from the committee, the team is recommending a forensic audit on how the relief cash was distributed, the beneficiaries, the selection criteria of the municipalities and cities.
The data entrants from Arua who admitted to registering themselves to get the 100,000 shilings
Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee-Local Government has recommended
a forensic audit of the 53 Billion Shillings COVID-1 relief cash.
This is after the committee chaired by Bar dege- Layibi MP Martin Ojara
Mapenduzi uncovered gross irregularities.
The joint parliamentary team, comprising the Public and Local
Government Accounts committees was tasked to review a list of beneficiaries of
the COVID-19 relief cash, which was tabled before parliament by Prime Minister
Robinah Nabbanja last month.
Under the initiative, the government distributed 100,000 Shillings
to 501,107 selected beneficiaries who were classified as vulnerable during the
Although some of the vulnerable persons meant to get the funds
included taxi drivers and conductors, Boda Boda riders, cargo loaders, saloon
operators, waiters and waitresses, small scale business owners and slum dwellers
However, reports from different parts of the country emerged that
some of the people who received the funds were not the intended beneficiaries. They
included officials like Mayors, councillors, sub-county chiefs and town agents among
According to information from the committee, the team is recommending a forensic
audit on how the relief cash was distributed, the beneficiaries, the selection
criteria of the municipalities and cities.
“One of the key concerns is how some areas benefited, for
instance, we know that Kakumiro town council is not among the listed urban centres
meant to benefit, but people there got money. The money simply went to areas
where key people, politicians running the process hail from” a member of the committee
The member also said that it was discovered that 3 Billion Shillings
was used to send the money to the beneficiaries. He adds that there were several other urban
centres meant to receive the COVID-19 relief cash, but did not benefit.
The committee in its draft report is also indicating that those
who irregularly benefited from the funds should refund the money and face
The committee is expected to finalize its report next week before it is presented
to Members of Parliament.