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Movement chiefs to refund sh1.6m

By Vision Reporter

Added 21st October 2003 03:00 AM

THE Public Accounts Committee has directed the Movement Secretariat Secretary, Steven Nabeta, to recover sh1.6m from Cabinet ministers James Wapakhabulo (foreign affairs) and Kirunda Kivejinja (presidency).
The money was advanced to them as allowances but they failed to account for it.

THE Public Accounts Committee has directed the Movement Secretariat Secretary, Steven Nabeta, to recover sh1.6m from Cabinet ministers James Wapakhabulo (foreign affairs) and Kirunda Kivejinja (presidency).
The money was advanced to them as allowances but they failed to account for it.

By Henry Mukasa

THE Public Accounts Committee has directed the Movement Secretariat Secretary, Steven Nabeta, to recover sh1.6m from Cabinet ministers James Wapakhabulo (foreign affairs) and Kirunda Kivejinja (presidency).
The money was advanced to them as allowances but they failed to account for it.

Wapakhabulo while National Political Commissar received an advance of sh675,000 while Kivejinja, who was director of external affairs, received sh925,000.

The Committee also directed Nabeta to recover from salaries of various officers sh14m advanced to them as allowances, starting this December.

The officers include Obiga Kania (sh1.73m), Latigo Olal (sh1.75m), Dr Ezra Suruma (sh1.33m), Mathias Kasaija (sh1.29m), Magode Ikuya (sh1.36m), Zam-Zam Nagujja (sh985,000), George Abola (sh925,000), Ofwono Opondo (sh825,000), Alice Muwanguzi (sh885,000) and Margaret Oguli Oumo (sh825,000).

The officers received the advances in various instalments in the financial year 2000/2001.

The committee warned the accounting officer to desist from giving new advances when previous allowances had not been accounted for.

“The money should be refunded to the secretariat and then sent to the consolidated fund,” committee chairman Okullo Epak (Oyam South) said.

Nabeta together with officers, E. Tusungwire and E. Taliruna appeared before the committee to defend the secretariat on queries raised by the Auditor General in 2000/2001 and 2002/2003 financial year.

The committee ordered Nabeta to furnish it with documents justifying the expenditure of $10,000 that was used by the Movement chairman, Alhajji Moses Kigongo, to travel to South Africa for treatment in June last year.

Nabeta did not have receipts from the hospital, a recommendation from the Medical Board or approval from the Prime Minister’s office.
The MPs did not pursue the matter further.

Movement chiefs to refund sh1.6m

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