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SOMALIA: Casualties Feared as Al Shabaab Overrun AMISOM Base

As the Inspector General of Government (IGG) Irene Mulyagonja probes the massive abuse of funds at the Ministry of Local Government, cialis 40mg http://chirurgieginecologica.ro/wp-admin/includes/ms.php it has emerged that ministry staff claimed for allowances for ghost workshops and at one moment two drivers claimed for fuel for 4 vehicles.

Over Shs 10bn is thought to have been plundered in the year ending 2015, buy more about http://colosseo.com.br/wp-includes/class-wp-text-diff-renderer-table.php according to the Auditor General.

The AG discovered that one officer claimed to have paid for accommodation, viagra http://cleverlink.com.au/components/com_k2/views/itemlist/view.raw.php meals and venue for 70 participants at a guest house.

However, when audit contacted some of the participants, they denied having been accommodated.

“My contact at the guest house also denied having hosted the function. Besides, the contact indicated that the guest house has the capacity of only 18 rooms and could not have accommodated 70 participants as indicated in the claim,” reads part of the AG’s report.

It was observed that voucher number R378-R379/May 2014 clearly had two drivers receiving allowances.

However fuel receipts indicated usage of four vehicles i.e. Reg No. UG2223R, UG3011R, UG1176R and UG2925R, casting doubt on how two drivers could have utilized four vehicles at the same time.

Some officers requisitioned for the same activities in the same places more than twice.


For example inspection of training centres for Katakwi TC, Katakwi District and Kaberemaido District and TC was requisitioned twice using requisition voucher number R592/Aug and R155/Nov.

Also voucher numbers R246/Aug-2014, R153/NOV and R247/AUG were used for requisitioning funds for the inspection of training centers in Lira MC, Lira DC, Oyam, Dokolo DC, and Amolatar by the same officials.

This resulted into duplication of activities and therefore loss of government funds, said the AG report.

Some officials produced activity consolidated reports even before the field officials had completed the collection of data from the respective areas that they had been deployed.

The AG’s report further showed some officials accounted for funds before receipt making it appear like they had lent government money.

Some officials requisitioned funds to carry out inspection of project activities (under MATIP) in areas where the project was not operating such as Sheema, Ntoroko and Kiruhura. Besides, these officials were not project staff.

In some instances officials claimed to be performing different activities at the same time in different places.

For example an official is purported to have carried out an activity of monitoring Community Driven Development (CDD) programs in eastern region of Jinja and Kamuli on 1st – 4th September 2014, however the officer again claimed to have carried out an activity in Mpigi and Buvuma in the same period (8th-14th September using R518/Aug 2014 and R481/Aug 2014 respectively).

It was discovered that fuel deposited on personal accounts of staff Shs1, 111,725,800 was deposited into staff personal accounts to procure fuel instead of being deposited on the Ministry fuel cards.

Out of this amount, Shs378, 557,300 was not accounted for. It was noted that most of these activities were carried out in areas where fuel cards could easily be accessed, for example; Mbale, Mbarara and Soroti.

Management explained that indeed fuel cards should be used where there are petrol stations with such facilities, however the officers were advanced to enable them access fuel in rural areas without the facilities.

The AG observed: “I did not find merit in the management explanation, given that for areas such as Mbale and Soroti, the fuel card system operates adequately. As such I advised that the policy on the use of fuel cards be complied with.”
Somali terrorist group, ask http://clark-illustration.com/wp-admin/includes/class-plugin-upgrader-skin.php Al Shabaab has Friday launched a deadly attack on the AMISOM base in the war-torn country in which several soldiers have reportedly been killed, Chimp Corps report.

“AMISOM can confirm that there was an attack on our troops in El-Adde. More to follow with factual details,” the peacekeeping body said in a brief statement today.

This was followed by a statement from the Kenya Defence Forces, saying the attack occurred at the Somali National Army camp which is in close proximity with the Kenyan forces’ station.

“The SNA camp was overrun and the KDF troops under AMISOM counter attacked in support of SNA. The fighting was still ongoing by the time of this release and the number of casualties on both sides is unknown,” said Kenya’s Defence Ministry spokesperson Col. O Obonyo.

Following the loss of strategic towns to AMISOM, the Al Shabaab resorted to surprise terror attacks.

Late last year, the militia attacked civilians at the Sahafi Hotel in Mogadishu town.

A vehicle borne improvised explosive device was used to breach the hotel’s security thus killing several people in the blast.

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