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AG queries Kyambogo over Shs1b

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By FREDERIC MUSISI & AL-MAHDI SSENKABIRWA

Posted  Sunday, February 9  2014 at  02:00
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KAMPALA.

The ongoing forensic audit into alleged financial mismanagement of resources at Kyambogo University has unearthed more rot at the institution with at least Shs1b unaccounted for.

According to preliminary investigations conducted by officials from the Auditor General’s office, many Kyambogo university staff members have been lavishly spending public funds without giving proper accountability.
Among the expenditures queried include: travel expenses in and out of the country, money for airtime cards, sitting allowances for workshops, examination monitoring, media airtime and space, and purchase of stationary.

University spokesperson Lawrence Madete declined to discuss the matter on grounds of not having seen the report of the mentioned investigations.
The report indicates that Shs33.8m was spent by several staff as facilitation for travelling to the US but no evidence of travel is indicated; Shs64m on unaccounted for fuel; Shs9m for airtime to coordinate examinations and Shs9m for examination monitoring.

A summation of all expenditures shows that Shs1.13b remains unaccounted for in just one academic year (2012/13). The office of the AG last month wrote to the university acting secretary, Mr Patrick Madaya, notifying management about their intention to conduct a forensic investigation of the university.

However, it is not yet clear whether the latest revelation is part of previous money the IGG investigated and whose findings are yet to be out. The AG’s spokesperson, Ms Gloria Namugera said the audit inquiry is still ongoing.
Last year, an internal audit done in one faculty – Arts and Social Sciences revealed that the university had lost Shs5.5b through a perfidious tuition fees payment system in the academic year -2011/2012.

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