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Auditor General Uncovers Loss of UGX 34m in Luweero

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.
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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 F.S Muwanga.

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 September 2017.

“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 errors.

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.

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