The Office of the Auditor General (OAG) has been voted the best government auditing institution out of 22 English and two Portuguese speaking African countries.
The auditing institutions of the 24 countries come together under the umbrella association the African-Organisation of Supreme Audit institutions in English-speaking Africa. The OAG, headed by Mr John Muwanga, was awarded the Swedish National Audit Office Prize for the Best Performance Audit Report 2013 early this month in Norway. Uganda was also voted winner for the same prize in 2011.
Speaking in Kampala, at a ceremony to award the winning audit team last week, Mr Muwanga said the prize demonstrated that his office was dutifully executing its mandate. “The award is a clear sign that we are doing something not only recognised within Uganda but on the continent,” Mr Muwanga said. He added: “This is not the end of it all; we also hope to do it again and again.”
The winning audit Value for Money (VFM) report was on the management of the Uganda Blood Transfusion Services (UBTS), covering three financial years between 2009 and 2012.
The report indicated that UBTS had since inception in 2003 not sought accreditation and had no functioning branches across the country. The director of audit VFM and Special audits, Mr Stephen Kateregga, said the award indicates that Uganda did not “fluke” the first win.