Those who know how tough MPs on the Public Accounts Committee are, will not believe that at some stage, they too can be â€˜confusedâ€™ and defeated. At least for the past years, the committee chairman, Nandala Mafabi, makes sure he is in control. Unfortunately while meeting defence officials, Mafabi seemed a bit â€˜confusedâ€™ with the military jargons of hard-skinned and soft-skinned vehicles, turning to the officials from the Auditor Generalâ€™s office for help. They too failed. â€œYou have kicked us out. These terms of soft, hard, next you are going to tell us of rocky-skinned vehicles,â€ he said.
Thursday was a hard day for defence permanent secretary Rosette Byengoma. After presenting names of the alleged paid auxiliary forces, some MPs were not satisfied. MP Simon Euku decided to cross check the list. Unfortunately two of his relatives were on the paid list, yet they have never been. â€œThis list is useless and fake. My relatives have never been paid. They have even given up,â€ he complained. Byengoma tried to explain, but Euku did not believe her explanations.
Mallinga shuns bars
The recent media reports that Minister of Health Dr. Steven Mallinga is an American citizen have made him miss the usual company with his colleagues in pubs. He told journalists recently that he can no longer go to the pubs to mix with his friends since the reports appeared because of many unemployed Ugandans who approach him to get them employment in Uncle Samâ€™s country. â€œI have given up on going to bars. People think that I am an American and I can put them on the next plane for kyeyo,â€ Mallinga said.
Sometimes it pays to be soft and nice. This is exactly what happened to Bundibugyoâ€™s chief adminsitrative officer Erias Byamungu when he appeared before the Local Government Accounts Committee chaired by Geoffrey Ekanya. Although Byamungu had no documents, he knew his tongue would save him. Every time he was asked for receipts, he would hand in something, though not good enough to account for the expenditures, saying those are the ones he found in the office. Every time he would be asked for receipts and written documents for the district expenditures, Byamungu would only give verbal, but correct answers. He was later given two weeks to produce all the documents because of his convincing tongue.
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