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Masuba told the committee Chaired by Rubanda East MP, Henry Musasizi that they require a total budget of Shillings 68.8 billion in the coming financial year but have only been allocated Shillings 59.9 billion leaving a gap of Shillings 8.92 billion.
Auditor General John Muwanga together with Assistant Auditor General-Corporate Services, Francis Masuba presenting their policy statement before Finance Committee Chairperson Henry Musasizi.

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The Office of the Auditor General-OAG is seeking an additional Shillings 8.9 billion to among others carter for audit of schools and tertiary institutions and forensic and specialized audits in the 2019/2020 financial year.

 

On Thursday, the Auditor General John Muwanga together with Assistant Auditor General-Corporate Services, Francis Masuba led a team of officers from their office before the Finance Committee of parliament to present their policy statement for the Financial Year 2019/2020. 

Masuba told the committee Chaired by Rubanda East MP, Henry Musasizi that they require a total budget of Shillings 68.8 billion in the coming financial year but have only been allocated Shillings 59.9 billion leaving a gap of Shillings 8.92 billion. 

Out of the required additional Shillings 8.92 billion, the Office of the Auditor General (OAG) requires Shillings 3.23 billion to carry out audit of schools and tertiary institutions, Shillings 846 million for Forensic and Specialized audits, Shillings 2.06 billion for Management Information System (MIS) project recurrent costs, Shillings 1.73 billion for international relations and Shillings 1 billion for capacity building. 

Masuba said that due to inadequate funding, their office is unable to cover its entire audit population particularly tertiary institutions and schools resulting in a backlog. He noted that in the coming financial year, the OAG has 925 unfunded audits of schools and tertiary institutions, which requires funding.

 

Masuba also said that due to the increasing demand for Value for Money audits and forensic investigations, they require Shillings 846 billion to undertake 10 forensic investigations, 2 Value for Money audits and Public Works Audits in 5 entities. 

He told legislators that this is in line with the new OAG policy on undertaking high impact audits, the Integrated Audit Approach, alignment of audit work to SDGs and stakeholder emphasis on performance audits. 

“The office is also in the process of procuring a Management Information System (MIS). Implementation of the MIS project creates recurring costs associated with establishing and maintaining the system. These include operationalization of the project management office, subscription payments for software licenses, data and internet costs, renting of NITA (U) facilities and user training costs. The total requirement for these activities is Shillings 2 billion,” Masuba explained. 

He also justified the need for Shillings 1 billion for capacity building, saying that they need to train staff in financial audits, emerging specialized audit areas and other technical skills.  

  Masuba revealed that the OAG plans to build staff capacity in specialized areas of audit such as Public Private Partnerships (PPPs), Oil and Gas, International Taxation, Domestic Revenue, IT systems audit, Impact evaluations and Illicit financial flows. 

The Shillings 1.7 billion for International Relations, according to Masuba is required to enable them participate fully in international engagements and forums such as international audit boards and committees. 

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The Mitooma Woman MP, Jovah Kamateeka described as unfortunate the absence of funds to carry out audits in schools.

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The Finance Committee Chairperson Henry Musasizi said the committee will discuss the funding gaps and come up with a solution.