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MP In the Dock Over 1.7 Billion Shillings

Patrick Isiagi, Kachumbala County MP, was today grilled by fellow legislators after it emerged that during his tenure at Mulago National Referral Hospital as commissioner of accounts, he diverted about 1.7 billion shillings meant for medical expenses for hospital equipment, to cater for night allowances and construction of staff houses.

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Members of Parliament on the Public Accounts Committee today turned their guns on one of their own over mischarge of funds for Mulago Hospital.

Patrick Isiagi, Kachumbala County MP, was today grilled by fellow legislators after it emerged that during his tenure at Mulago National Referral Hospital as commissioner of accounts, he diverted about 1.7 billion shillings meant for medical expenses for hospital equipment, to cater for staffs' night allowances and construction of staff houses.

Isiagi appeared before the committee with the administration of Mulago led by Dr. Byarugaba Baterana, to answer queries in the Auditor General's Report of 2013/14 financial year. He was accosted by MPs including vice chairperson Gerald Karuhanga, who accused Isiagi of lack of professionalism.

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However, Isiagi, who was forced to take oath defended himself, explaining that the funds were diverted to avoid an impasse in operations of the hospital in situations where staff was not paid and would have laid down their tools yet government took months without releasing funds.

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The Mulago administration was also tasked to explain why they have failed to recover 1.2 billion shillings from private companies. 

Some of the companies which owe Mulago include Vision Group, Bank of Uganda, Sheraton Hotel and Ministry of Defence, among others. Committee chairperson Angelina Osege  wondered why Mulago complains of lack of funds yet it has failed to collect debts from the companies.

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Dr. Baterana, however, says while the patients received treatment, the entities have agreed that they will pay the monies soon.

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