Fort portal Municipality officials fail to answer audit queries

By Kugonza Sylvia

KABAROLE. Parliamentary public accounts committee has ordered the arrest of Fort portal Municipality officials for failing to answer to the 2014/2015 audit queries.

The officials include the town clerk, law enforcement officer, financial officer, principal treasurer, principal engineer, usimid program focal person and the procurement officer. They were taken to police under tight security to explain and record statement over the misappropriated fort portal municipal council funds.

According to the committee chair person Regan Okumu the official did not put to proper use money amounting to a tune of over a billion shillings meant for various activities.

He added that there were several irregularities in appointing some official citing the community development officer being appointed as the usimid focal person yet she did not have the qualifications to do that given job.

The committee also observed that fort portal municipal council underestimates its revenue collections and often falls to collect the even underestimated revenue due to connivance and corruption tendency by municipal officials.

The committee is in the regions for 3 days to query the districts of Hoima, Kasese, Ntoroko, Bundibudyo, Kyenjojo, Kawenge, Kyegegwa, Kabarole and the municipalities of Hoima and fort portal. ENDS

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