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RDCs Warned Against Falsified Accountability for COVID Emergency Funds :: Uganda Radionetwork
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RDCs Warned Against Falsified Accountability for COVID Emergency Funds

According to the circular to all RDCs and their deputies, signed by Yunus Kakande the Secretary of Office of the President shows that each of the RDC's offices has been given 20 million Shillings to cater to COVID-19 activities for a month. Of this, up to 3.6 million Shillings will cater for fuel expenses for 30 days, 500,000 Shillings covers imprest, 390,000 Shillings for safari day allowances and 1,690,000 shillings for the RDC's protective gear.

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The Office of President has cautioned Resident District Commissioners against falsified accountabilities for funds released to support their activities in the fight against COVID-19.

Uganda has registered 75 confirmed cases of COVID-19 over the last one month. Each district has also set up Task Force chaired by the Resident District Commissioner to coordinate activities to combat the spread of the lethal virus.

To this effect, the Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development has released emergency funds to finance COVID-19 surveillance and coordinating activities. According to the circular to all RDCs and their deputies, signed by Yunus Kakande the Secretary of Office of the President shows that each of the RDC's offices has been given 20 million Shillings to cater to COVID-19 activities for a month.

Of this, up to 3.6 million Shillings will cater for fuel expenses for 30 days, 500,000 Shillings covers imprest,  390,000 Shillings for safari day allowances and 1,690,000 shillings for the RDC's protective gear. The deputy RDC's are receiving 5,340,000 Shillings and support staff are given 1,320,000 Shillings.

The circular also indicated that the five-man surveillance team has been allocated 2,550,000 Shillings and 3.6 million Shillings for their fuel allowance. The circular further indicates that the District Internal Security Officer and the deputy will get shs 1,400,000 Shillings for protective gears from the disbursement.

Kakande said the RDCs are under obligation to account for the money as public officers and submit monthly status reports before additional funds are disbursed. He added that the RDCs must also submit physical comprehensive financial accountability for funds disbursed to them and those who fail will be tendered to the rewards and sanctions committee for disciplinary action.

Kakande directed the RDCs to use the funds for the exact purpose and warned them that its an offence under the Anti-Corruption Act 2009 for a public officer to falsify accountability for public resources.

“So you hereby vehemently directed to account for funds at end of the month as advised without fail” Kakande said in conclusion.

The circular also indicated that the office of President is securing more car tyres for RDC's to ease their mobility and the procurement process is already underway. None of Resident District Commissioner's reached was willing to comment on the circular or funds released to them.

However, despite the allocation URN has learnt that several RDCs are still asking for fuel from districts for COVID-19 activities. The Ministry of Finance released 165 million shillings to districts to enable them to intensify the fight against the COVID-19, as part of a supplementary budget of 304 billion Shillings for the country to battle the pandemic.

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