Ronald Ndawula the LC 5 Chairman of Luweero district says that the financial loss was due to data errors in Integrated Personnel and Payroll System and there was no scheme to steal government funds.
Authorities in Luweero have caused financial loss of 34 million
shillings to government through irregular payments.
The officials are implicated in 2017/18 report released by Auditor General John
According to the report, the district officials irregularly paid the money to 33
people in the financial year 2017/18.
The payments were irregularly made to persons who had left service
that included absentees, deceased, transferred and retired staff.
Some of the persons who were irregularly paid were Dinah Nakabuye
who was transferred to Mukono district and deleted from payroll but continued
to receive salary from Luweero district.
Others were Gyda Mugalu a retired education officer, Samuel
Kirinya an animal husbandry officer and Guster Wakulira a retired senior
education officer who retired but continued to receive salaries.
In other cases, the district paid salary and pension at once to
retired officers which was irregular.
Zawedde Muwanga a nursing officer who retired in February was paid
salary and pension in June 2018 whereas Sauda Abdullah a retired education
assistant was paid salary twice in November 2017 yet she was deleted on 17th
“Paying staff that do not exist causes financial loss to Government’’ the
report reads in part.
Ronald Ndawula, the LC 5 Chairman of Luweero district says that the financial
loss was due to data errors in the Integrated Personnel and Payroll System and
there was no scheme to steal government funds.
Ndawula, however, referred the matter to the Chief Administrative
Officer Godfrey Kuruhiira to explain what action was taken after detecting the
Efforts to seek comment from Chief Administrative Officer Godfrey Kuruhiira and
Bernard Okello the Luweero district Senior Human Resource Officer were
unsuccessful since they were busy in meetings.
The Auditor General also faulted the district officials for failure to account
for 94 million shillings spent in financial year 2017/18. The money was
reportedly spent on catering services, buying spare parts to repair boreholes
and service vehicles.
But Muwanga noted that the district officials failed
to provide relevant documents supporting their expenditures and tasked the CAO
to recover funds from the responsible officers.
He also blamed the district for inappropriately spending 56 million shillings
to fund activities that were not planned for without authority. He said the
practice is not in line with the intentions of appropriating authority.