Government officials to appear before MPs over Shs300b ID scam
Posted Tuesday, October 22 2013 at 01:00
Kampala- Government officials will today appear before the anti-corruption committee of Parliament to explain the accusations that they instigated the loss of more than Shs300 billion in a failed national Identify Card project.
While the Defence Committee investigated the corruption allegations last year, the Daily Monitor understands that the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) members will hold fresh investigations into the alleged scandal after it emerged that the government ignored the House recommendations.
“These matters are in the Auditor General’s report and we will be interested in knowing what happened to the money for IDs and whether the recommendations of Parliament were adhered to,” a committee member told the Daily Monitor.
Kyotera MP Haruna Kasolo said: “It’s a shame that we spent more than Shs300billion and Ugandans have no IDs. This is why we have summoned officials from Internal Affairs who were in-charge of the project.”
Parliament had recommended for the sacking of the permanent secretary in the Ministry of Internal Affairs, Dr Stephen Kagoda, and disciplining of former Internal Affairs minister Kirunda Kivejinja over the mismanagement of the project.
While Parliament had ordered the removal of Dr Kagoda, he remains in office and is expected to lead the delegation to PAC to face fresh questions on the whereabouts of the money lost in the deal awarded to Mühlbauer High Tech International, a German company in 2010.
At today’s meeting, ministry officials will be compelled to respond to the Auditor General’s queries on the project. In his 2011 report, Mr John Muwanga noted that the project was started without conducting any feasibility study and did not follow the PPDA Act and regulations.
The Daily Monitor understands that after spending more than Shs200 billion on 409 IDs out of about 32 million required, officials are demanding more Shs110 billion to revive the project.