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Auditor General Conducts Forensic Probe in Shs 12.5bn Revamp Fund
Heads are set to roll after a forensic audit discovered that billions of shillings of taxpayers’ money pumped into the revamping of Uganda Broadcasting Corporation (UBC) were squandered by senior officials.
It all started with a whistleblower running to the Inspector General of Government, demanding an investigation into the management of Shs 12.5bn sunk in the refurbishment of UBC.
This matter was later referred to the Auditor General (AG) who conducted a forensic investigation into the management of the funds.
Government in 2017 committed Shs 20bn to UBC as seed capital.
The money was earmarked for the purchase of new equipment for UBC, paying for satellite, repairing facilities, improving the staff’s working conditions among others.
The better part of the funds is said to have been mismanaged, according to preliminary reports.
The Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of ICT, Vincent Bagiire confirmed to ChimpReports that the investigation was conducted at the request of his Ministry and IGG.
“The basis was for us to ensure the funds were well utilized,” said Bagiire.
This website understands that the AG has since “uncovered cases of irregular procurements, conflict of interest, breach of PPDA rules and inflated costs.”
Tumwebaze said he was not aware of the new development. “Money and technical management issues, I really don’t know. Ask them (technocrats),” said Tumwebaze in a short message.
Kenyatta Strengthens Ties with Cuba
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has said Kenya is keen on enhancing its cooperation with Cuba especially in the provision of quality healthcare, one of the Government’s Big 4 Agenda.
The President welcomed the ongoing collaboration that has seen the two countries partner in health research and capacity building.
Kenya and Cuba are implementing a medical exchange programme in which Cuban specialist doctors are serving in the country while Kenyan doctors are in Cuba advancing their medical training.
The Head of State spoke Monday during a meeting with visiting Cuba’s Vice President of the Council of State and Ministers, Ines Maria Chapman, who paid him a courtesy call at State House, Nairobi.
Kenyatta said Kenya has a lot to learn from Cuba’s healthcare delivery model which has seen the Latin American country register a life expectancy of 79.5 years compared to Kenya’s 67.5 years.
Kenya and Cuba have finalized negotiations on a Malaria Vector Control project to be implemented in the malaria prone areas in the country.
The project, that will apply Cuban biological larvicides, is set to be launched later this month.
Kenyatta observed that the relationship between Kenya and Cuba was growing by the day with the two countries also enhancing their collaboration at the multilateral levels.
Health Cabinet Secretary Sicily Kariuki said Kenya has adopted part of the Cuban medical training curricula that is set to equip students in the Kenya Medical Training Colleges with more skills to address emerging health challenges.
Israel Opens Embassy in Kigali
Israel has opened an embassy in Rwanda, a move officials said would deepen cooperation between the two countries.
“When we decided to re-open our Embassy in Tel Aviv in 2015, it was based on the full recognition of the strategic importance of our relation with Israel, but also because it signaled the determination of our leadership to explore new cooperation opportunities between our two countries,” said Rwanda’s Foreign Affairs Minister Dr Richard Sezibera on Monday.
The two governments recently established a Horticulture Centre of Excellence at Mulindi to promote advanced horticulture methods for both smallholder and commercial farmers.
The two countries have also developed a close collaboration in the area of security and defence. Officers from the Rwandan Defence Force and the National Police have received training courses in Israel.
Additionally, Sezibera said earlier this month, Netafirm, an irrigation tech firm from Israel, signed a deal to invest approximately $66 million to develop 5,600 hectares of the Gabiro Agribusiness Hub Project in Eastern Province.
The Israel Foreign Affairs Minister said in a tweet: “Israel just inaugurated its new Embassy in Kigali, Rwanda, which will enable closer and deeper cooperation between our countries.”