The Public Accounts Committee of Parliament has directed the
accounting officer in
the Ministry of Internal Affairs to present performance
and accountability reports regarding the funding of a UNDP supported
The committee chaired by Budadiri West MP Nandala Mafabi was meeting Under-Secretary
Lynette Bagonza on Thursday over queries on the Peace and Security for
Systems Resilience Project which is a multi-sectoral project through which the
UNDP channelled $767,000 in 2017.
The Internal affairs ministry is the implementing agency and the Permanent
Secretary Benon Mutambi authorizes funding to responsible parties under the
The responsible parties are the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Justice Law and
Order Sector, The National Consultative Forum, Ministry of Lands Housing and
Urban Development, Office of the Prime minister, Ministry of Finance Planning
and Economic Development, The Elders Forum Uganda and The Inter-Religious
Council of Uganda.
However, when quizzed by Nandala, Florence Kirabira the overseer of the project
at the Ministry failed to produce accountability for funds disbursed to the
She argued that the funds are disbursed directly by UNDP to bank accounts run
by the responsible parties but Nandala argued that since the Permanent
Secretary authorized the disbursements upon viewing the work plans he is mandated
to provide accountability for the funds.
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Some of the performance highlights since 2016 listed by Bagonza are Advocacy
and lobby for the passing of the transitional justice policy, drafting of the
National Peace Policy, Drafting of the Small Arms and Light Weapons Control
Bill, Peace efforts in the Rwenzori region and Bilateral meetings held between
South Sudan and Uganda on border points among others.
Nandala however noted that the work plans presented to the committee had no
performance indicators and has demanded that the ministry avail them to the
committee clerk by Tuesday next week.
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Mafabi later told URN that the reason he is insisting on accountability is to
make sure there is no duplication of activities. He also reasons that all funds from
development agencies should be made known to Parliament which is the