THE Parliamentary Local Authorities Accounts Committee (LAAC) has ordered a Treasury official, Mr Benson Singu, to present evidence to the committee on Thursday where more than 200m/- development grant from the Ministry of Finance for the year 2012/13 meant for Karagwe Council has gone missing.
LAAC found out that the whereabouts of 273m/-, which include 73m/- expenditure and 200m/- development funds from the Treasury to the Karagwe Council, has grown wings and its whereabouts is not known by the two offices (Karagwe and the Treasury).
The Treasury claimed in a meeting between Karagwe Council and the parliamentary local accounts committee that the money was sent council maintains that it has not received the money.
LAAC Chairman, Rajab Mohamed Mbarouk (Ole-CUF), gave the Kagera Regional Administrative Secretary (RAS), Mr Nassor Mnambila and the Treasury official ten minutes to communicate with their respective offices and find out where the money had gone to, but after frantic efforts, they still could not give a positive answer to the parliamentary committee.
Members of the parliamentary committee stipulated that the Treasury should not be given a lot of time to provide answers to where the money has gone to, demanding that it should provide the answers today.
"This clearly shows that there is a game going on between the Kagera RAS and the Treasury...how is it possible that the Treasury should alert the council on the money when it has not reached its destination," wondered Mr Mbarouk.
"The committee directs you (Mr Singu) to present evidence. Otherwise, we will announce that the money has been squandered or we will order the Treasury to appear before the committee," the fuming chairman said.
Beside the over 200m/-, another 566m/- set aside as loans to women and youths and another 20 per cent for village development for 2012/13 has also gone missing.
Following these developments, Mr Lugola Kangi (Mwibara-CCM), pointed the need to amend auditing laws in the country to ensure there are no loopholes for public officers to squander public funds.