Judiciary on Spot Over Shs 7.2Bn Spent On Cars, CJ’s Residence

Kagole Kivumbi, the Judiciary’s Permanent Secretary yesterday admitted to diverting up to Shs 7.2 billion from the budget to purchase cars for 10 newly appointed judges.

Kivumbi was appearing before parliament’s Public Accounts Committee.

ChimpReports has obtained a list of the said vehicles and respective owners.

The list shows that between December 2017 and June 2018, over 6 billion shillings was spent on vehicles alone.

The said cars were bought from Maybach Motors Limited, Motor Care Uganda limited and Victoria Motors.

Also, 27 million shillings was wired in mid-May last year to Nile Fishing Company limited for the purchase of 3 motorcycles for Judiciary security personnel.

In March last year, 13 million was extended to Palwan Engineering works limited for the construction of a water borne toilet at Chief Justice Bart Katureebe’s home.

Collectively, the Auditor General John Muwanga stipulates that the 7.2 billion was squandered in these unauthorized

the list showing how the 7.2 billion shillings was spent

.Muwanga says the expenditure items were not among those listed on the approved procurement plan and that this contravenes section 58 (5&7) of the Public Procurement and Disposal of Public Assets Act of 2003.

All procuring and disposing entities are required to plan in a rational manner so as to avoid incurring related costs wherever.

Meanwhile, Muwanga wants Judiciary Accounting officers held liable for diverting another 162 million shillings meant for plea bargaining and other sectoral activities.

As per the June 2018 audit report, between August 29, 2017 and September 18 the same year, this money was refunded to UNICEF which earlier had conducted a training in child friendly processes in court.

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