Official pins Alaso on Shs10m loss
Posted Friday, March 1 2013 at 02:00
FDC polls. A member tells the probe team that the secretary general failed to find accommodation for delegates to shield them from manipulation and instead paid them cash allowances.
The committee investigating complaints related to last year’s FDC presidential elections yesterday heard that the secretary general, Ms Alice Alaso, caused a Shs10 million loss to the party by tampering with invoices and receipts for service providers at the delegates conference.
Mr John Kikonyogo, a member of the FDC national publicity committee, told the probe team that Ms Alaso violated an agreement by the party’s top decision making organ, the National Executive Committee, to find accommodation for delegates to shield them from manipulation, and instead paid them cash allowances.
Mr Kikonyogo tabled vouchers showing delegates names with different signatures for accommodation and transport allowances.
He also tabled receipts showing how the figure for a public address system that had been originally hired at Shs200,000 was later altered to reflect Shs1.2 million.
“Alaso had also sent messages saying that she would not sign any vouchers if tea was not provided for in the budget but although the tea was procured and paid for, it was never delivered and delegates never took a tea break,” Mr Kikonyogo said.
A voucher was also tabled showing that ballot papers were printed at Shs3,000 each although the petitioners say the total of Shs9 million spent on printing was too much given the quality of the work.
Ms Alaso told the committee on Tuesday that she sourced procurement for service providers who the “party had established a working relationship with.”
“When Augustine Ruzindana left the country for over a week and time was running out, I decided to activate these contacts. FDC has never advertised for service providers in all its history of holding delegates conferences,” Ms Alaso told committee.
It was not immediately clear what bearing Mr Kikonyogo’s testimony would have on an inquiry in which Ms Alaso and others are accused of having manipulated the election in favour of Maj. Gen. (rtd) Mugisha Muntu.