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Muhakanizi re-appoints Turyahikayo as REA chief

By Chris Kiwawulo

Added 30th July 2019 04:17 PM

Turyahikayo’s contract expired last month, and there were reports that the REA board had declined to renew his contract over alleged fights in the agency.

Muhakanizi re-appoints Turyahikayo as REA chief

Godfrey Turyahikayo. (File Photo)

Turyahikayo’s contract expired last month, and there were reports that the REA board had declined to renew his contract over alleged fights in the agency.

KAMPALA-The Finance Ministry permanent secretary, Keith Muhakanizi, has re-appointed Godfrey Turyahikayo as the accounting officer for the Rural Electrification Agency (REA), amid reports that he had been fired.

Turyahikayo's contract expired last month, and there were reports that the REA board had declined to renew his contract over alleged fights in the agency.

However, following a directive from President Yoweri Museveni, Turyahikayo's contract has since been renewed for a period of one year.

In a letter dated July 16, a copy of which New Vision has seen, Muhakanizi who is also the secretary to the treasury, said Turyahikayo has been re-appointed as the accounting officer for REA for the 2019/2020 financial year.

"In accordance with section 119 (2) of the Public Finance Management Act 2015, you are hereby appointed as the accounting officer for vote 123 - REA, with effect from July 17, for the financial year 2019/2020," Muhakanizi's letter reads in part.

As the accounting officer, Muhakanizi urged Turyahikayo to comply with the financial provisions of the Constitution and the Public Finance Management Act 2015, Financial Regulations 2016, Treasury Instructions 2017 and Treasury Circulars issued by the finance ministry from time to time.

"You are required to submit a duly filled performance contract in line with section 45(3) of the Public Finance Management Act 2015, to facilitate release of funds to your vote. The performance contract should be prepared in the prescribed format in the Programme Budgeting System (PBS)," the letter addressed to Turyahikayo noted.

Muhakanizi asked Turyahikayo to prepare a work plan and procurement plan that clearly spell out those activities that will lead to the attainment of the budget strategy for the financial year  2019/2020 as approved by parliament and cabinet.

"The work plan and procurement plan should be the same as that approved by parliament in the ministerial policy statement. This is the basis for the formulation of the performance contracts against which you will be assessed, and the release of funds will be based on submission of clear procurement and cash flow projections for your vote," Muhakanizi pointed out.

Turyahikayo's re-appointment comes at a time when the judiciary permanent secretary, Kagole Kivumbi, was sent on forced leave and replaced with Pius Bigirimana, who was the permanent secretary for the Gender, Labour and Social Development Ministry.

Kivumbi was sent on forced leave amid investigations by parliament's Public Accounts Committee and the Inspector General of Government regarding suspicious expenditure in the judiciary.

The development also comes after Muhakanizi threatened to sack scores of accounting officers over accountability.

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