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MPs Summon Top Finance Officials Over AG Reports

In his letter, Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda, the COSASE chairperson says that, during the committee\'s interactions with stakeholders, a number of issues came up that require the input of the officials for the committee to make meaningful recommendations to the House.

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The Committee on Commissions, Statutory Authorities and State Enterprises-COSASE has summoned five government officials to respond to audit queries relating to government investments in various Parastatals.

 

They are Gabriel Ajedra, the State Minister for Investments, Keith Muhakanizi, the secretary to the treasury, Christopher Mugisha, the Head of Parastatal Monitoring Unit, David Ssebabi, the Head of privatization Unit and accountant general Lawrence Semakula.

 

The committee resolved to summon the officials on Tuesday morning after they failed to show up to respond to audit queries for over 45 parastatals from the 2009/2010-2012/2013 financial years. 

In his letter, Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda, the COSASE chairperson says that, during the committee\'s interactions with stakeholders, a number of issues came up that require the input of the officials for the committee to make meaningful recommendations to the House.

 

He explains that they have resolved to summon the officials following their failure to appear as requested.

 

 

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In his 2013 report, the Auditor General noted that government doesn't know all the companies where it has invested public resources in terms of shares. 

 

Now, Ssemujju says his committee wants the officials to provide a list of all Parastatals, Commissions, Authorities and ll Companies in which government has invested and the magnitude of such interest.

 

He added that the committee requires the budget performance of Commissions and Statutory Authorities and the contributions to the consolidated fund by Parastatals over the years.

 

Other concerns include the debt loan that led to swapping of National Housing and Construction Corporation (NHCC) 49% Shares to Libyans, the divestiture of UTL and number of shares retained by government.

Ssemujju says the Secretary to the Treasury Keith Muhakanizi is particularly required to explain his role in the 13billion Shillings payment to Kireka Estates Limited.

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Commissioner of Parliament Regan Okumu, insisted that the officials appear to avail the committee with facts before the final report is made.

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