The Public Accounts Committee of Parliament has observed that government institutions are using the COVID-19 pandemic to justify the mismanagement of public funds.
The observation was made during a meeting yesterday(12th.May.2022) between the committee and officials from the Uganda Virus Research Institute as part of an inquiry into queries raised by the Office of the Auditor-General, regarding expenses made during the financial year 2020/2021.
According to the Auditor General, Uganda Virus Research Institute charged wrong expenditure codes to a tune of 53.3 million Shillings during the financial year under review.
In the Query, the Auditor General noted that such unauthorized reallocation undermines the importance of the budgeting process as well as the intentions of the appropriating authority.
But Julius Lutwama, the Deputy Director of the Uganda Virus Research Institute said that the agency used the money to procure COVID-19 test kits at a time when the country was handling the pandemic as an emergency situation. Mr.Lutwama on UVRI….
While MPs encouraged Lutwama to own up to the mistake, the Vice-Chairperson of the Committee Asuman Basalirwa dismissed the explanation and observed that this argument keeps coming up as an excuse by different government entities for mismanaging funds appropriated by Parliament.
Mr.Basalirwa on Covid-funds….
Basalirwa emphasized that Covid-19 cannot be used as an excuse for breaching the law. END.