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Parliament Queries Reappointment of Blacklisted Accounting Officers

Muhakanizi listed the affected accounting officers in his March 28th, 2018 letter to the Clerk to Parliament, Jane Kibirige. He accused the accounting officers of failing to account for funds under their votes.

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Three parliamentary accountability committees have tasked Keith Muhakanizi, the Secretary to the Treasury to produce reports on blacklisted accounting officers before reappointing them. 

They are the Committee on Commissions, Statutory Authorities, and State Enterprises (COSASE), Public Accounts Committee (PAC) and Local Government Accounts Committee.

 

 

It follows reports that some Permanent Secretaries and Chief Administrative Officers (CAOs) deployed by the Finance Ministry had been blacklisted by Government for abuse of office and poor performance. 

Muhakanizi listed the affected accounting officers in his March 28th, 2018 letter to the Clerk to Parliament, Jane Kibirige. He accused the accounting officers of failing to account for funds under their votes.

 

  

He singled out Deborah Katuramu, the Secretary in the office of the President for diverting Shillings 500m meant to finance the construction of offices of Resident District Commissioners, Christine Guwatudde, the Permanent Secretary in the Office of the Prime Minister for spending in excess of Shillings 7 billion and Edith Buturo, the Permanent Secretary in the Defense Ministry for spending undisclosed amount of money.

 

 

 

However, a new list of accounting officers tabled before parliament last week shows that 9 of the 10 blacklisted accounting officers were reappointed despite their bad records. 

18 of the 20 CAOs listed as incompetent also made it on the list of the new appointments. Mathias Mpuuga, the Masaka Municipality Member of parliament, says they will not hesitate to block the reappointment of the blacklisted accounting officers should they find them on the list.

 

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Muhakanizi told the legislators that he followed the standard procedure to reappoint the officers but hadn't carried a detailed report over the matter. 

 

 

He explained that the accounting officers had resolved their challenges and asked MPs to grant him two weeks to avail a report on the status of the accounting officer but the MPs gave him a week to present the report.

 

Muhakanizi is expected to report to Parliament next week with the details.

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