Parliament Grills Mpigi District CAO Over ShS. 900M Road Fund

Parliamentary Local Government Public Accounts Committee Chaired by Aswa County legislator, salve Regan Okumu on Tuesday probed officials from Mpigi District for failure to account for over Sh900m Road Fund.

The officials led by the Chief Administrative Officers (CAO) who also doubles as the District Accounting Officer, page Willy Bataringaya were unable to account for the money as reflected in the 2015 Auditor General’s report.

Okumu noted that, “Although the Auditor General (AG) sampled only one quarter, they were only able to account for Sh107 million out of the Sh1billion that was given to the district for road construction.”

Okumu said that worse still, the accounted for funds were still queried by the AG for poor and shoddy work. An audit inspection carried out in September 2015 revealed that there was inadequate maintenance evidenced by clogged drainage.

“The accounting officer stands questionable for having failed to supervise and monitor the work that was poorly done. The AG gave us pictures of the roads that were poorly done and within a space of only three months; the said roads were already dilapidated.”

“We have demanded for accountability of the Sh900m of the road fund to be produced within two weeks; we’ve also noted that the road fund has been abused, the Engineers all over are not adequate not knowing what maintenance work is all about.”

The roads under question include; Kikunyu- Kibanga road (12.9KM), Mbizinya- Kumbya- Jjalamba road (7.03KM) and Nabyewanga- Jjiri road (8.95).

I response, CAO Bataringaya and his team requested for time to avail all the necessary documents accounting for the money and apologized to the committee members.

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