Police’s Criminal Investigative Department (CID) director, Grace Akullo has been summoned to take part in the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) proceedings.
Hon. Nathan Nandala Mafabi the committee chairperson told press yesterday that Akullo was called to help gather information pertaining Judiciary’s mischarged expenditures as cited by Attorney General (AG) John Muwanga’s June 2018 audit report.
“We involving the CID because we are seeing that the budget of the judiciary which was 134 billion shillings, 25.6% was diverted without parliamentary approval,” Nandala explains.
This alone, Mafabi says raises suspicion that these monies could have been swindled.
According to the AG’s report for the 2017/2018 financial year, funds amounting to 34 billion were diverted under unclear circumstances.
Muwanga says these expenditure items did not follow ‘charts of accounts and undermines the budgeting process’.
Appearing before parliament’s PAC committee on Monday, Judiciary’s Permanent Secretary Kagole Kivumbi said he was only aware of 28 billion.
These funds he says were used to cater for court operations and HIV medical allowances amongst many others.
He was also put on the spot for diverting 3.2 billion shillings meant for the automation of court processes to purchase brand new vehicles for the 10 newly recruited judges.
On court operations, MPs wondered why funds were instead being wired to personal accounts of judicial officers yet they claim to have over 147 commercial bank accounts for the judiciary alone.
A case in point is Justice Yorokamu Bamwiine, the Principal Judge who received on his personal account 8.8 million shillings as operational funds for February 2018. The report also notes that he received a similar amount as operation funds for October 2017.
In a letter dated December 12, 2018 and seen by ChimpReports Sidney Asubo the financial Intelligence Authority (FIA) director hints at this issue.
Notably, he makes mention of this practice that he says risks exposing government to financial loss.
Asubo urged the accountant General at the Ministry of Finance to take appropriate action to curtail this practice.