MPs grill police accounts boss on excess Shs1.2bn

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Police bosses appearing before PAC

Senior Police Officers led by Deputy Inspector General of Police Maj Gen. Sabiiti Muzeyi Tuesday morning appeared before the Public Accounts Committee of Parliament chaired by Hon. Nandala Mafabi.

The Auditor General’s report shows that there was a shortfall of Shs692m in the money collected by Uganda Police under non tax revenue and what was transferred to the consolidated account.

The Public Accounts Committee has asked the Accounting Officer of Police, Rogers Muhirwa, to give an explanation on an excess expenditure of Shs1.2bn made in the FY that ended on 30th June 2018.

He was asked to do this by end of tomorrow, Wednesday.

MPs had tasked the Police Assistant Commissioner of Accounts Richard Katongole to explain why the Shs875m disbursed is unaccounted for.

Katongole said the transfer of cash in transit of Shs875m didn’t appear in this statement “because we tried to reconcile with treasury, those are the reconciliation issues we have with treasury”.

In July this year, PAC tasked police to explain how they spent an extra Shs 1 billion on top of what was approved by Parliament in the financial year 2017/2018.

According to the Auditor General’s report, a total of shs664.4 billion had been budgeted to cater for activities of the force; but by the end of the financial year, UPF had received a total of shs665.4 billion representing 100.15 per cent of the budget.

“I assessed risks such as inadequate release of funds and failure to undertake budget monitoring and supervision,” reads the report.

The Auditor General also highlighted an irregularly incurred amount of Shs161 billion in domestic arrears, outside the approved estimates appropriated by Parliament, noting that the growing arrears posed risks of litigation and related costs to the Force.

The Police team led by the Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIGP), Asan Kasingye, also the chief political commissar.

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