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Districts sh2b expenditure queried

By Vision Reporter

Added 8th January 2009 03:00 AM

THE parliamentary local government accounts committee has queried the extra sh2.56b spent by Pallisa district in the 2000/2001 financial year.

THE parliamentary local government accounts committee has queried the extra sh2.56b spent by Pallisa district in the 2000/2001 financial year.

By Joyce Namutebi

THE parliamentary local government accounts committee has queried the extra sh2.56b spent by Pallisa district in the 2000/2001 financial year.

The query is contained in the committee’s report on the Auditor General’s (AG) reports on public accounts for local governments.

The AG stated that the district had incurred expenditure above the approved budget provisions of over sh2.5b and no re-allocation or supplementary warrants were sought to allow it to be on the council’s accounts.

The committee noted that although the district chief finance officer apologised for the omission, the query was a procedural one which highlighted a breach of procedure.

It recommended that the accounting officer should seek supplementary budget approval from the district council. “The query stands,” the committee concluded in a report tabled in Parliament before recess.

For Arua, the committee is querying a sh1b revenue shortfall despite the accounting officer’s explanation that political pronouncements about graduated tax, insecurity, poverty and drought had caused the low revenue.

For Bushenyi, the committee directed the district to recover money advanced to sub-county chiefs amounting to over sh114m and remit it to the consolidated fund account.

It also directed the accounting officer to seek supplementary budget approval to regularise revenue shortfall of over sh1.5b incurred by the district.

The committee further directed Bushenyi to recover sh923m in property tax and remit it to the general fund account of the district.

Bundibugyo was directed to immediately recover an outstanding personal and official advances amounting to over sh310.9m from beneficiaries and remit it to the consolidated fund account.

In Kabale, there was a shortfall of over sh288.6m in revenue.

The committee directed the district’s accounting officer to seek supplementary budget approval from the council.

It noted that there was laxity in collecting graduated tax, which contributed to the biggest shortfall of over sh202.5m.

For Adjumani, Parliament is querying payments of over sh53.7m that were made without supporting documents and whose vouchers were not audited.

Districts sh2b expenditure queried

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