Rwanda Focus (Kigali)

14 February 2013

Rwanda: Prime Minister Is Ignoring Us - MPs

After analyzing the 2010-11 Auditor General's report, the Public Accounts Committee of Parliament has decided to call the Prime Minister to explain the implementation of parliament recommendations on the AG reports.

This is due to the fact that the PM has not yet provided a progress report on how government is solving the malpractices cited in the previous year by the AG. The Premier will be asked to provide in person explanations on the link between recurring mistakes in public finance management and some institutions ignoring the AG's recommendations and advices.

MPs were angered by the PM's lack of response to their call to explain the implementation of the AG's report 2009/2010 while they are ready to forward him the 2010/2011 ones. According to the head of PAC Juvenal Nkusi, the recommendations on the 2009-2010 AG report were forwarded to the Prime Minister in a letter in March 2012 with a reminder sent in October, but so far there has been no reply.

"The PM has to respect the parliament. He has to come and tell us what has been done with our recommendations," said MP Henriette Mukamurangwa. "It is unacceptable that we are forwarding to him recommendations while he has not told us the effects of those we made last year."

For MP Francoise Mukayisenda, the fact that institutions have been accused of neglecting the AG's recommendations and now the government is ignoring Parliament is hindering the solution of public funds mismanagement. "We want to know why public institutions didn't implement AG's and our recommendations which left them committing the same mistakes. What were the challenges? The PM is the one to provide us the answer but he is not responding to our call."

In the end, the MPs agreed to send the Premier another reminder, but this time they expect a reply. "We will not end mismanagement of public funds if we do not collaborate as public institutions through respecting each institution's power," PAC's chairman Nkusi said. "The PM is the one to give us a clear status of the implementation of pour recommendations, and from there we'll know how to proceed."

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