New Vision (Kampala)

23 December 2012

Uganda: Govt Explains Anti-Corruption Measures

The Government has explained the measures that have been put in place to address the issue of corruption.

In a statement, the acting minister of information and national guidance, Rose Namayanja said that under instruction from Government, the Auditor General had investigated financial impropriety in government institutions and compiled a report.

"In addition, the Auditor General is undertaking another audit on pension payment under ministry of public service following the alleged fraud of sh63 billion," Namayanja said.

In a statement, she said that measures have been put in place to control donor disbursements within Bank of Uganda and the national treasury.

"All flows will first be remitted to the consolidated Fund Appropriation Account before the funds are transmitted to beneficiary accounts, instead of suspense accounts."

As part of the measures, Bank of Uganda and Ministry of Finance signed a memorandum of understanding to close all dormant project accounts in the central bank.

The finance ministry is to also install hardware to control use of passwords for sensitive roles, supervised by the Internal Audit unit.

Also, statements from Bank of Uganda are to be submitted directly to Accountant General to carry out monthly reconciliation of statements. All accounting officers are required to make reconciliations and submit reports on a monthly basis.

The ministry of public service has been directed to reconcile and clean up salary and pension payroll to remove all ghosts.

Also, Government is to ensure that the pension and salary payrolls are migrated to the Integrated Personnel and Payroll System (IPPS) by end of this year, to eliminate diversion of funds.

The interim minister also said that Government is regularly rotating staff who are directly involved in the management of Government resources such as Accountants, procurement Officers.

"Other administrative and legal means to punish the perpetrators and recover the funds are on course.

"This includes freezing of all the accounts referred to in the Auditor General's report. Government calls upon all players and partners in development to tighten this noble war of fighting corruption," Namayanja said.

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