The Uganda Police Force (UPF) leadership on Tuesday struggled to respond to queries raised in Auditor General (AG) John Muwanga’s June 2018 report, regarding management of the force’s resources.
The officers were particularly questioned by members of parliament about the Shs 1.2 billion in Non-Tax Revenue (NTR) that was not remitted to the treasury for two consecutive years, contrary to financial rules.
This was during an interface between UPF officials and legislators sitting on the Public Accounts Committee (PAC).
From the onset, it was clear that Police officials were destined for a tough time owing to the absence of both the Inspector General of Police Martin Okoth Ochola and his deputy.
Committee chairperson Nathan Nandala Mafabi stated by questioning the police officers why in the just concluded financial year only Shs 22.4 billion was transferred to the consolidated fund instead of Shs 23.1 billion.
In response, Richard Katongole the Uganda Police Accountant explained that the transaction had not been processed by the close of the 2017/2018 financial year.
“Chair the issue of Non-Tax Revenue, the actual collection was 23 billion but we transferred to the treasury on 30th June 22.57 billion. The difference was cash in transit”, Katongole said.
Digging deep, Nandala Mafabi discovered that another 875 million n NTR had also not been remitted to the consolidated fund in the 2016/17 financial year.
With Muhiire’s explanation not forthcoming, an oath was administered to him and a 15-minute adjournment granted.
A subsequent submission by Ogwal Peter one of the forces accountants was nullified.
On resuming, Rodgers Muhiire the Undersecretary asked for more time saying they had failed to reconcile figures in that time.
Nandala Mafabi went on to ask whether the force has an auditor but was told, 3 of them had moved to a project site in Bulambuli.
Wrapping up the day, Mafabi asked the Police bosses to report in 2 days’ time with supporting evidence.
According to Asan Kasingye police’s Chief Political Commissioner non tax revenue connotes to money generated by police on behalf of government through a range of activities.
Avenues include traffic express penalty tickets, certificate of good conduct, charges for police guards and a traffic accident report among others.
This money is banked on a specific account run by Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) and annually remitted to the consolidated fund.