Albert Charles Oduman Okello, the former Bukedea County Member of parliament has bounced back as the chairman of the newly appointed Capital City Public Accounts Committee. Oduman was appointed by city Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago together with Haruna Kasimu and Safina Nanono both qualified accountant.
On Wednesday last week, Lukwago tabled the credential of the tro before the KCCA council for approval before sending the list to the minister in charge of Kampala. The Kampala Capital City act 2010 establishes the Capital City Public Accounts Committee consisting of four people appointed by the lord mayor with the approval of the minister for Kampala.
According to the KCCA Act 2010, the committee shall examine, the reports of the auditor general, chief internal auditor, and any reports of the commissions of inquiry and may in relation to the reports require the attendance of any councilor or officer to explain matters arising from the reports.
According to article 58 (11) of the KCCA Act 2010 the lord mayor and the executive director or division assistant executive directors shall implement the recommendations of the Capital City Public Accounts Committee and report any action taken or to be taken on the recommendations to persons prescribed in article 53(3) of KCCA act.
Article 53(3) states that conditional grant shall consist of monies given to authority to finance programs agreed upon between the government and the authority and shall be expended only for the purposes for which it was granted and in accordance with the conditions agreed on.
The committee has the powers to recommend the police, to make arrest of suspects, in respect to cases involving corruption or abuse of authority of public office.
Benjamin Kalumba the Nakawa Mayor, has welcomed the appointment of the committee saying KCCA is now handling heavy sums of money that requires a professional standing body to cross check.
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According to the KCCA act the people appointed to the committee shall have to hold office for five years, and have to be people of high moral character, proven integrity and must be certified public accountants.