Juliet Kusiima told PAC that she used to sign for the money on behalf of his supervisors she identified as Michael Okwalinga, the Senior Accounts Assistant, Accounts officer Julius Obai and Accountant Julius Mandu.
An office attendant attached to the Judiciary Accounts division has
told Members of Parliament how her supervisors sent her to pick cash in the
financial year 2017/2018.
Juliet Kusiima who testified before Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee
(PAC)- Central Government on Tuesday said that she was on several occasions
sent by her bosses to pick huge amounts of money in cash from the Judiciary
Kusiima’s name appears on the list of missing expenditure totalling Shillings 1.754
billion being queried by the Committee.
According to PAC lead counsel Michael Tusiime representing Mbarara
Municipality, Kusiima according to the list signed for close to a billion
Shillings an amount that is way much outside her entitlement.
Tusiime says that Kusiima, for example, acknowledged receipt of Shillings 29
million on 23rd January 2018, another 40 million on the same day. Kusiima again
signed for another 34 million on 1st February 2018, 30 million on 7th February
2018 and others.
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Asked the purpose of the money she received, Kusiima told PAC that she used to
sign for the money on behalf of his supervisors she identified as Michael
Okwalinga, the Senior Accounts Assistant, Accounts officer Julius Obai and
Accountant Julius Mandu.
She revealed that the money was being picked from a Cashier
identified as Thomas Oke, from where she could append her signature before
delivering it to the three.
Questioned by MP Tusiime whether she had a job description and whether drawing
money was part of it, Kusiima said that she considered the assignment as ‘any
other duties’ as described in her appointment letter.
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Kusiima revealed that after delivering the money, the bosses could not sign recipient.
Chua West MP Okin Ojara told Kusiima that the funds drawn were
huge and they were to cause her problems.
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PAC Chairperson Nathan Nandala Mafabi questioned how the accounting officer at
the time, Permanent Secretary Kagole Kivumbi concluded on making a payment voucher
in the name of the office attendant for activities that were meant to be
carried out by her supervisors.
But Kivumbi said that all the money had been accounted for and the Inspectorate
of Government is currently reviewing them. Nandala declined his submission
saying that the office attendant had been used to defraud government.
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MP Tusiime said that according to the development, Kusiima was to be held
accountable for the 900 million missing money.
PAC directed that the Kusiima's former supervisors appear before
the committee next week for interrogation.