Okin Ojara, the deputy chairperson of Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has ordered officials from the Ministry of East African Community Affairs (EAC) to avail proof on subscription fees paid to the regional body.
This followed a letter authored on 1st February, 2019 by Hon. Evelyn Anite the State Minister for Investment, seeking the Auditor General’s authorization to spend 6.3 billion shillings on Uganda’s outstanding contributions to the EAC for FY 2017/18.
Ojara first decried this growing trend which he says is maligning Uganda’s stature in the international community.
“We will require a schedule of international organizations, like the secretariat and the court to know how much money you were given. By the way we should be ashamed to be part of the East African Community if we are not able to meet our subscription,” he said.
Earlier, Odonga Otoo the Aruu MP questioned the relevance of this ministry which he said is hardly visible especially at a time when Uganda is hosting the region’s inter-parliamentary games.
Of recent, payment of membership dues on international bodies has dominated PAC proceedings.
While appearing before the same committee yesterday, Patrick Mugoya the foreign affairs Permanent Secretary warned that Uganda could lose membership on I4 international organizations.
Specifically, Mugoya called for a budgetary increment to this vote from 9 billion shillings as of now to 28.4 billion shillings but also arrears that stand at 63 billion to be settled once and for all.