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Naguru Hospital Management Ejected from PAC Over Flawed Accounts

The MPs noticed a number of anomalies in the financial statement while interrogating the team on the poor absorption of funds by the hospital. In his report, the Auditor General noted that the hospital received Shillings 8.4billion in the financial year and only spent Shillings 8bn leaving a balance of 399M.
Dr. Batiibwe (L) and Isabirye (R) appearing before PAC

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The Public Accounts Committee-PAC has ejected the management of Naguru Referral hospital citing inconsistencies in their financial statements.

A team of officials from the hospital led by their Director, Dr. Emmanuel Batibwe had appeared before the Nathan Nandala Mafabi led committee to respond to queries in the Auditor General’s report for the Financial Year 2018/2019. 

The MPs noticed a number of anomalies in the financial statement while interrogating the team on the poor absorption of funds by the hospital. In his report, the Auditor General noted that the hospital received Shillings 8.4billion in the financial year and only spent Shillings 8bn leaving a balance of 399M. 

The Head of Accounts, Siraje Isabirye explained that the unutilized funds were meant for paying gratuity, which was pending verification of beneficiaries. However, the legislators rejected his explanation, saying the said gratuity had been paid off under social benefits.

Mafabi caught Isabirye in a web of uncorrelated statements when the committee decided to scrutinize the accounts relating to employee costs.

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The committee noted that the item of goods and services in the Statement of appropriation of account for the hospital is the one that indicates unspent allocations of Shillings 22M.

However, the members noted that the figure is erroneous since the total allocations under goods and services was listed as Shillings 1.1bn with only Shillings 730M.

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Neither Isabirye nor Batiibwe could explain the errors in the financial statements. Isabirye asked for time to reexamine the accounts.

The Bukoto East MP, Florence Namayanja suggested that the books of accounts be withdrawn and resubmitted later with correct entries.

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Mafabi gave the hospital seven days to recast the accounts and correct the errors.

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