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IFMS Tier One Irks Luweero Leaders

Luttamaguzi Ssemakula, the Nakaseke South Member of Parliament, has asked the district officials to petition Parliament to investigate the matter, saying some of bureaucratic tendencies are intended to benefit technocrats in ministries.
12 Mar 2019 19:14

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Leaders in Greater Luweero are protesting the delayed approval of funds for service delivery under the Integrated Financial Management system.

Last year, Government ordered Local governments to migrate from the Integrated Financial Management System-IFMS Tier 2 to IFMS Tier 1 to improve efficiency in financial management.       Government listed the benefits of the IFMS Tier 1 system as faster operations, increased level of transparency, and harmonized chart of accounts, timely, relevant and accurate information. 

Others were effective budgetary and commitment control, reduction in paper work, movement and tracking of documents for approval among others.  

But Ronald Ndawula, the Luweero District LC 5 Chairperson, says there are more bureaucratic tendencies in approving funds under IFMS compared to the traditional paperwork. 

Ndawula explains that budgets are uploaded on system and approval must be sought from the Accountant General before any expenditure is made, which can take months.

 

He reveals that in October last year, Luweero district received a supplementary budget of Shillings 740 million for Parish Community Associations, Transport Revolving Fund and Luwero-Rwenzori Development programme but it took  three months to get approval from the Finance Ministry to spend it.   

Ndawula says they are always prepared to receive money but are demoralized by the delayed approval to release it within time frame.

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Ramathan Kato, the Nakaseke District Focal Person For Luwero-Rwenzori Development programme, says the district council approved a supplementary budget of Shillings 356 million for Parish Community Associations on November 08, 2018 but the money was disbursed to the beneficiaries in February, 2019 because of delayed clearance from the Accountant General.

Kato says for any payments to be made under IFMS to any group or person, they must secure validated supplier numbers from the Finance, Planning and Economic Development Ministry, which further delay the process.

Sam Kigula, the LC 5 Chairman Nakasongola district, says there was no adequate training of staff at the district to manage the IFMS that has worsened bureaucracy.

Kigula says that even when they sought support from the Finance Ministry, the delegated officials were equally ill trained on the migration.

Kigula warns that unless the IFMS is simplified, districts may end up not spending funds.  

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The Local Leaders want Parliament to investigate the migration to IFMS Tier 1 and stop it if it’s not effective.

Luttamaguzi Ssemakula, the Nakaseke South Member of Parliament, has asked the district officials to petition Parliament to investigate the matter, saying some of bureaucratic tendencies are intended to benefit technocrats in ministries.

 

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Keith Muhakanizi, the Finance Ministry Permanent Secretary has not yet commented as he could neither pick nor return calls from our reporter.

However, in earlier interview with URN, Muhakanizi said the IFMS Tier 1 is an effective tool to track expenditures and asked accounting officers to embrace technology because the World is changing.

Muhakanizi accused accounting officers in Luweero of lack of seriousness and failure to seek support from the Ministry to expedite the payment process.

Last year, at least 367 civil servants in Luweero district delayed to get salaries as the district struggled to adjust to the IFMS Tier 1.  

According to the Finance Ministry website, some of the challenges faced by IFMS documented by users were difficulty in adjusting to the highly structured requirements of the IFMS especially when dealing with unbudgeted contingencies, delays in resolving application bugs, occasional System unavailability and sabotage from beneficiaries of the old system among others.

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