The Office of the President has returned 2.9 billion Shillings to the treasury after failing to spend it on activities, for which it was allocated. The money is part of an allocation of 16.8 billion Shillings which the office received to facilitate COVID-19 response activities in April.
Out of this, 13.7 billion Shillings was given to Resident District Commissioners,
1.8 billion Shillings went towards security, one billion Shillings was used on COVID-19
interventions under Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) and 200 million Shillings went
to the RDC's Secretariat in Kampala. A balance of 2.9 billion Shillings was not utilised by the close of the financial year on June 30.
Yunus Kakande, the Secretary to the Office
of the President says that the Office of the President has used some of the money from its vote to support
COVID-19 interventions in the districts. Some of the money was spent on managing isolation centres as well as facilitating movement and
security in the border districts.
He adds that although they have pressing needs like procurement of motor vehicles
for RDCs, using the money which was meant specifically for COVID-19 would
create problems for the office. Kakande was appearing before the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of Parliament on Thursday to respond to queries raised by the Auditor-Generals for the financial year 2018-2019.
He and the rest of his team pleaded with Parliament to approve a reallocation of the money under the new financial year, for which COVID-19 activities were not budgeted.
//Cue in; “But I pray…
Cue out…hands were tied.”//
Tororo South MP Fred
Angura, however, questioned how the office of the President was facilitating the
people on the ground like District Internal Security Officers (DISO)'s among
He said that districts like
Tororo and others which are at the centre of COVID-19 need money but were never facilitated, yet the money is being returned unutilised.