Tasked to explain the inconsistencies in the figures, Dr. Byarugaba passed the ball to the Senior Accountant, Charles Mwasa who argued that the Shillings 145 million NTR that had not been sent to the Consolidated Fund in 2017/2018 was sent shortly after the start of the 2018/2019 financial year.
The Public Accounts
Committee-PAC of parliament has issued a two day’s ultimatum to Mulago National
Referral hospital officials to account for more than Shillings 245 million.
The committee Chaired
by Nathan Nandala Mafabi, the Budadiri West MP issued the ultimatum on Monday afternoon
when a team of officials from Mulago National Referral hospital led by the
Executive Director, Dr. Baterana Byarugaba appeared to respond to audit queries
by the Auditor General, John Muwanga for the 2016/2017 and 2017/2018 financial
The others officials included the Senior Accountant, Charles Mwasa, Head of Accounts,
Ponziano Nyeko, Senior Administrator,
Keneth Wafula and Head of Administration, George Nuwagaba among others.
During the meeting, Nandala noted that a scrutiny into Mulago Hospital’s
Non Tax Revenue (NTR) collections revealed that in the 2016/2017 financial year,
the hospital collected Shillings 2.89 billion and remitted all the money to the
He noted that the
report also shows that in the 2017/2018 financial year, the hospital collected
Shillings 2.45 billion but only Shillings 2.31 billion was remitted leaving a
balance of Shillings 145 million whose whereabouts remains a mystery.
Nandala also noted another unspent Shillings 98 million in the
2017/2018 the financial year is not reflected clearly on Mulago’s bank
statement. "This shows that your
accounts have huge issues. Our suspicion is that you are running two accounts
and one must be back door,” he said.
Nandala told the Mulago officials. Nandala also
pointed to doctored figures in the financial statements of the hospital.
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Tasked to explain the inconsistencies in the figures, Dr.
Byarugaba passed the ball to the Senior Accountant, Charles Mwasa who argued
that the Shillings 145 million NTR that had not been sent to the Consolidated
Fund in 2017/2018 was sent shortly after the start of the 2018/2019 financial
However, Nandala noted that the money cannot be traced on the
Mulago accounts as Mwasa claimed. The Tororo South MP, Fredrick Angura tasked
Mwasa to present a certificate of receipt from the Consolidated Fund in vain.
Ponziano Nyeko, the Head of Accounts Mulago Hospital pleaded
for more time to put their books in order noting that they hadn’t joined the
institution during the two financial years under review.
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Nandala gave Mulago hospital officials two days arguing that
there is no way the Committee can proceed on probing cooked up figures.
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Dr. Byarugaba promised to return before the Committee
together with his team after two days with explanations concerning untraceable