Tuesday May 27 2014

State House shines in new Auditor General’s report

By Yasiin Mugerwa

Parliament- State House has earned accolades from Auditor General (AG) John Muwanga as the only public body with a single audit query in his report to Parliament, a record performance from an institution previously criticised by the Opposition on account of financial indiscipline.

State House is followed by the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) with only two queries relating to unexplained expenditure of Shs39 million for production of a drama skit on domestic violence and staging performance of four drama skits. The secretary to JSC, Mr Kagole Kivumbi, was yesterday not available for comment as his known mobile phone was switched off.

The AG is required by Article 163(3) of the Constitution and Section 13 and 19 of the National Audit Act 2008 to audit and report on the Public Accounts of Uganda and of all public offices including the courts, the central and local government administrations, public institutions and corporations established by an Act of Parliament.

Unlike in the previous reports, the AG’s 2013 report singles out State House Comptroller Lucy Nakyobe as the only accounting officer with only one audit query.