The Speaker of Parliament, Anita Among has ordered for an independent probe into Nine point six billion shillings spent by the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) to teach Ugandans how to drink coffee.
Worth noting is that the OPM awarded the 9.6Bn contract to Inspire Africa (U) Ltd to carry out four activities to promote and encourage consumption of coffee countrywide.
Accordingly, of the 9.6billion shillings, 3.8bn was spent on training youths in coffee production, 1.9bn on consumption of coffee and putting up coffee shops, 2.6bn on capacity building while 1.2bn on administration.
However, according to the Auditor General’s report, although the contract provided for the establishment of coffee shops in; Arua, Mbale, Lira, Gulu, and Tororo, physical inspections revealed that except for Gulu, the coffee shops were either non-existent or non-operational in areas where they were supposed to be placed.
The revelation irked the Members of Parliament who ordered for investigations into the matter.
Speaker Among, said the way the money was spent was questionable, warning that if such wasteful expenditure is not punished, government may soon ask for funds to teach Ugandans uncalled for programs. END.