Lynus Opigo, the Principal Human Resource Officer, and the former Chief Administrative Officer, Geoffrey Nkuruziza were found culpable for negligently overpaying emoluments of some staff of Masindi by 11.4 million Shillings and 6million to ghosts.
The Public Accounts Committee of Parliament (Local
Government) has faulted two senior personnel of Masindi District Local
Government for causing financial loss of Shillings 17.5 million to the
Lynus Opigo, the Principal Human
Resource Officer, and the former Chief Administrative Officer, Geoffrey
Nkuruziza were found culpable for negligently overpaying emoluments of some
staff of Masindi by 11.4 million Shillings plus 6 million to ghosts.
They two were directed by MPs on the Committee led
by the Gulu West (Bardege-Layibi Division MP, Martin Mapenduzi to refund the
money. They had appeared before the Committee on Wednesday to answer queries raised by
the Auditor General in the Financial Year 2020/2021.
Wakiso District Woman Representative, Ethel
Naluyima told URN that during their investigations, they discovered the officers
blundered and paid some staff and blamed it on the Integrated Financial Management and Information System - IFMIS.
are tired of seeing Local Governments suffering as a result of the system
because the Ministry of Finance Planning and Economic Development is always
changing systems and yet the personnel to implement the actual work are not
trained,” Naluyima said.
Equally, Kumi District Woman Representative Christine
Apolot was concerned that some monies disbursed to deceased staff must be
recovered on grounds that the officers did not take due diligence to verify their
Meanwhile, Phionah Sanyu, the Masindi Chief Administrative Officer – CAO admitted to the Auditor General’s findings
and recommendation relating to the inconsistencies in their payroll. “Ideally, Heads of Departments are
required to verify staff eligible for payment of salary on a monthly basis.” Sanyu told the MPs.
The Committee Chairperson
later handed Opigo and Nkuruziza over to the Criminal Intelligence
Investigations Department – CIID at Parliament for more interrogation before
they were released on police bond.
Ochola's journalism career begun from Radio King 90.2 FM in Gulu around 2009, and Radio Rupiny 95.7 Fm under Vision Group in 2012. He also reported for Mighty Fire 91.5 Fm, Kitgum in 2015 before joining Wizarts Foundation in 2017.
He has been reporting for Uganda Radio Network (URN) since 2017 before being posted as Bureau Chief Kitgum, and latr Gulu between 2018 - 2021. Currently, he reports from Parliament.