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MPs Grill NFA Officials Over UGX 2billion

In his 2014/2015 financial year report, the Auditor General, John Muwanga noted that NFA had weaknesses in budgeting and financial controls.
National Forestry Authority Officials before Parliament's committee on Commissions, Statutory Authorities and State Enterprises.

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The Committee on Commissions Statutory Authorities and State Enterprises-COSASE has grilled officials from the National Forestry Authority-NFA on the use of unforeseen revenue collections. 

The officials appeared before COSASE led by their Executive Director Michael Mugisa and board Chairperson, Greshom Onyango to respond to queries raised by the auditor general.

 

In his 2014/2015 financial year report, the Auditor General, John Muwanga noted that NFA had weaknesses in budgeting and financial controls. 

He also said a review of the financial performance of the Authority showed that more than Shillings 2 billion that was collected from established revenue sources was unbudgeted for, adding that revenue forecasting was inadequate.

 

 

This afternoon, Anita Among, the COSASE Vice Chairperson tasked Abdul Mubiru, the NFA former Finance Director to explain how the Shillings 2 billion was collected and utilised in vain.

 

  

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The audit report further indicated that Shillings 11.3 billion was collected by rangers and plantations from revenue items initially budgeted at 7.8bn Shillings without preparing a supplementary budget. 

 

 

 

According to the Auditor General, this is an indicator that the NFA revenue potential is not adequately evaluated during the budget formulation process.

Among gave NFA two days to furnish her committee with accountability on how the funds were utilized.

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Members of parliament wondered whether the Authority had a competent person to handle the budgeting processes. 

Theodore Ssekikubo, the Lwemiyaga county MP noted that the lack of budgetary controls was an indictment on the management, which he accused of laxity.