Africa Freedom of Information Centre (AFIC) has advised Government to enhance efforts to address functionality of internal audit departments.
AFIC is a pan-African NGO and resource centre that promotes the right of access to information through comparative research, coordinating regional advocacy, facilitating information-sharing and capacity building.
The organisation together with the government on Wednesday held a breakfast meeting in order to present national measures and engage stakeholders on issues of accountability at Golf course Hotel, Kampala.
On the day, AFIC presented their key findings on the assessment of accountability structures study.
The findings have it that budgets to accountability bodies which are meant to facilitate the institutional core mandate reduced, citing a 10 billion shillings budget reduction between 2013/14 and 2016/17 for Office of the Auditor General (OAG).
The Inspectorate General of Government (IGG) also has a gap of 54 billion shillings in those years, according to the findings.
While presenting the recommendations from the findings, AFIC Program Officer Charity Komujurizi noted:
“Government should increase funding (and staffing needs) for OAG and other accountability institutions and increase efforts enhancing revenue generation, they should enhance the efforts to address functionality of internal audit departments.”
Other recommendations presented include:
Government should embrace more meaningful partnership and engagement with Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) to enhance accountably functions in Uganda.
Government should prioritize implementation of the recommendations of the IGG, OAG and Public Accountants Committee (PAC) and support synergy and networking.
Government and all its agencies should implement the access to information act 2005.
Government should increase access to and disclosure of information to the public.