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Internal Audit Unearths Fraud at Rutooma Secondary School :: Uganda Radionetwork
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Internal Audit Unearths Fraud at Rutooma Secondary School

The money was unearthed from unsupported expenditures that included the supply of flour, Beans, and payments for other services but no documents were presented during the audit process.

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An Internal audit has revealed financial mismanagement at Rutooma Secondary School, in Bwizibwera- Rutooma Town Council, Mbarara District. School administrators are accused of failing to account for at least 18 million shillings.

The money was unearthed from unsupported expenditures that included the supply of flour, Beans, and payments for other services but no documents were presented during the audit process. The report pinned the Bursar Jovita Tumwebaze.

In the audit report, the queries in question were discovered during the audit carried out in October 2023.

According to the audit, the school’s bursar wrote a financial overstatement from the school’s projects that the money was spent on unapproved activities while Parents Teachers Association (PTA) funds were spent without the approval of the association’s executive but were recorded in the books of accounts.

When tasked to explain Tumwebaze told the District Public Accounts committee that in some instances, the school Management Committee and PTA members asked her to quantify the money raised from the School’s banana plantation, and tree plantation, and the money released to facilitate the school’s bursary program even when no money was raised from them, which forced her to forge the receipts.

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She was also accused of receipting non-cash items.

Angella Kabarungi, the School Headteacher said that previously money from the projects was never receipted until the board asked them to show accountability for the money.

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Herbert Kamugisha, the chairperson of the District Public Accounts Committee said that the bursar was previously audited by Ankole Diocese and was found to have failed to account for some money.

The committee recommended that the Chief Administrative Officer write to the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Public Service to transfer Jovita Tumwebaze.

They also directed the Chief Administrative officer to recover the missing money from Tumwebaze.

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