Probe into UPE and USE funds Suspended

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“ I am therefore unable to provide a report on the substance of the commission’s work, nor comment on the adequacy of their work or efficiency with which they have proceeded,” said the minister.

The commission of inquiry into the mismanagement of funds under Universal Primary Education (UPE and Universal Secondary Education (USE), must halt its activities, parliament has ordered.

The MPs unanimously passed a motion to halt the commission’s work following its persistent failure to complete its work.

The inquest was expected to submit its findings six months after it commenced work.

The minister of Education Jessica Alupo however, said that no report has been submitted to her office, close to three years after the commission was given the mandate to do its work.

“ I am therefore unable to provide a report on the substance of the commission’s work, nor  comment on the adequacy of their work or efficiency with which they have proceeded,” said the minister.

The commission comprising of Justice E. muhanguzi, Dr. Nassali Lukwago, Lawrence Mukiibi, Eng. P.M Baumbya and Ketrah Katunguka is alleged to have spent 6.4 billion shillings and yet still wants more money to conclude its investigations.

But Parliament instead ordered for an audit of the monies so far spent by the commission of inquiry, Parliament also ruled that the commision’s mandate should not be extended and also ordered a freeze of the remaining 968 million shillings on the commission’s account.

MPs including Nathan Nandala Mafabi, Abdi chemaswet, Rose Akol, Patrick Amuriat Oboi, Monica Amoding and Joseph Sewungu proposed that all the commission members be arrested.

Nandala noted that the mismanagement of public funds is a crime and somebody should have been arrested by now. He wondered how a high court justice could mismanage public funds.

“That commission of inquiry is a commission of money eaters and the membership should be arrested and taken to Luzira since they are responsible for poor performance of UPE and USE.” Chemaswet added.

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