COVID19 FUNDS WERE MISMANAGED- AUDITOR GENERAL’S REPORT

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The Auditor General has revealed that there was financial indiscipline in the utilisation of Shs311 billion disbursed to Ministries, Departments, Agencies (MDAs) and districts for Covid-19 interventions.

The Auditor General, John Muwanga presented the audit report for the financial year 2019/2020 to Speaker Rebecca Kadaga, yesterday.

According to the report, the Government spent shs4.36 trillion towards the management of Covid-19 pandemic and these funds were raised from loans, donations and grants.

According to a summary of the findings, shs6.68 billion out of the shs284 billion that came directly from the Consolidated Fund was not utilised at the close of the financial year and returned to the Consolidated Fund.

Muwanga adds that a total of 25 entities undertook Covid-19 related procurements worth shs143.84 billion without fully adhering to the procurement rules and regulations.

Parliament also learnt that Shs1.31 billion disbursed to 17 entities remained unaccounted for at the time of audit.

Muwanga further notes that items valued at shs55.8 billion were distributed under the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) but lacked sufficient evidence of acknowledgement to enable him verify the recipients.

Speaker Rebecca Kadaga said that Parliament did what it could to support the government in the country’s Covid-19 response although in some instances the institution felt unsatisfied.

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