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PAC Directs Forensic Audit on NMS over UGX 13.3Bn Supply of Uniforms

Nathan Nandala Mafabi, the PAC Chairperson said that NMS does not manufacture uniforms and the reason to contract them defeats the purpose. He says that the uniforms were never delivered on time and if delivered, they were not the right quality, quantity, size and wrong distribution. Nandala notes that NMS does not manufacture uniforms and the reason to contract them defeats the purpose.
Nandala Mafabi, Chairperson PAC

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The Public Accounts Committee- PAC Central Government has recommended a forensic audit on the National Medical Stores to establish the supply of uniforms worth 13.35 Billion Shillings.

The recommendation is in the committee report on the findings of the Auditor-General on the Health Sector for the financial years 2016/2017 to 2019/2020.

“The Committee recommends that Ministry of Health should procure their uniforms as they used to do before they contracted National Medical Stores to deliver uniforms on their behalf,” reads part of the committee report.

Nathan Nandala Mafabi, the PAC Chairperson observes that a deposit Account was never opened for the money to procure uniform contrary to the Treasury Instructions governing one entity performing financial functions on behalf of another.

Mafabi notes that NMS does not manufacture uniforms and the reason to contract them defeats the purpose. He says that the uniforms were never delivered on time and if delivered, they were not the right quality, quantity, size and wrong distribution.

 “The uniforms supplied by NMS were overpriced as compared to the market prices. The prices charged by National Medical Stores was 153,360 Shillings plus 8 percent delivery charges per uniform and total cost by National Medical Stores was 165,629 Shillings yet when the Ministry conducted its procurement process, it paid 101,000 Shillings from the same supplier, Nytil,” he reveals.

 He told parliament that all the funds deposited by the Ministry of Health to NMS were diverted as follows and that by 30th June 2019, the Ministry of Health had deposited 13.3 billion Shillings and yet deliveries were worth 8.37 Billion Shillings.

According to Nandala, the claimed deliveries of 8.37 billion could not be verified by the Internal Auditor General because there is no accountability and 4.97 billion was unaccounted for by NMS by 30th June 2019.

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He says that complaints of no uniform, wrong sizes, wrong colours were common in hospitals and units.

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Sarah Opendi, the former State Minister of Health-General Duties says that it would not be right for the procurement of uniform to revert to the Ministry of Health saying that there are bigger challenges with the procurement process.

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Agnes Taaka, the Bugiri Woman MP said that NMS should be one of the first government entities to be merged given the inefficiencies established in the procurement process.

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Michael Timuzigu, the Kajara County MP said that the observations indicate serious corruption in the country that needs to be fought seriously.

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