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Judiciary Scandal: Bigirimana to PAC: I’ll not Carry my Predecessor’s Cross

The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has ordered Judiciary to table reconciled bank statements of all activities undertaken in the 2016/17 and 2017/18 financial years by Friday this week.

This follows failure by the entity to avail documents at the center of a Shs 32 bn scandal which prompted President Museveni to fire the then Permanent Secretary (PS) Kagole Kivumbi on July 26, 2019.

It is understood that on July 4th 2019, PAC chairperson Nathan Nandala Mafabi wrote asking for accountability of Shs 800 shillings which Judiciary’s transport department had returned to Kagole.

Among other issues, Mafabi wanted documented explanation to Shs 841 which had been retained at the end of the 2017/18 Financial Year, accompanied by a list of recipients, bank accounts and reconciled bank statements.

Today, an infuriated Mafabi tasked Judiciary Officials who included Pius Bigirimana to explain why three months down the road, submission of these details remains incomplete.

For bank statements that had not been submitted, Bigirimana promised to have them delivered at all costs.

“What I can do is to get the details from the chief registrar of those courts that have not submitted those bank statements and give them a time frame. If they don’t submit them in that time frame I will sanction them,” he said.

Bigirimana however politely declined to carry his predecessor’s cross in regard to erroneous financial details submitted to Parliament during the investigation.

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“I want to request that since these people are still alive and they are there, you could invite them here to come and answer those questions. I can’t be responsible for that because I don’t know,” he added.

Mbarara municipality MP Michael Tusiime, however, opined that officials could be dragging their feet so that they could concoct some accountability.

“Look at cash in transit – Shs 924m, look at cash at hand under interest is Shs 2.4 bn, look at others and other allowances Shs 38bn. Now if that money is not broken down with those bank statements, it appears there is a deliberate effort to come up with an amalgamation for what was appropriated for purposes of accountability,” Tusiime argued.

Ruling on the matter, Nandala Mafabi gave the entity up to the end of this week to avail these documents without fail.

“We are giving you up to Friday; we need all the bank statements and reconciliation. What you have submitted are some bank statements again with missing reconciliation,” Mafabi ruled.

 

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