Act decisively against errant accounting officers

The recently released Auditor General’s Report to Parliament for the Financial Year 2019/20 indicated that the majority of the in-kind donations given towards the fight against Covid-19 in Uganda were treated as a private donation and were not declared by those tasked with the collection and disbursement of these donations.

The Report also states that financial reporting mechanisms were abused, some entities did not bother to account while others flaunted all the rules available in the procurement and accounting processes.

This gross misuse of public funds, much of which were loans should not be entertained especially in the face of a pandemic. The auditor general is various previous reports has indicated that sloppiness in the accounting processes had cost the country dearly. Now would be an appropriate time to firmly enforce Section 11 (2) (g) of the Public Finance Management Act, 2015.

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