Abim Stuck With New Financial System

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According to Olwit, several activities in the district have stalled since they cant process any money from the system.

 Abim district is at the verge of losing all the money for the fourth quarter for the 2016/2017 financial year due to its failure to operate the Integrated Financial Management System- IFMS. 

IFMS is an automated system that enhances efficiency in planning, budgeting, procurement, expenditure management and eases reporting to government.

Government rolled out the system in the 2003/2004 financial year with the aid of promoting efficiency, effectiveness, accountability, transparency and comprehensiveness in financial reporting. 

Nelson Otim Olwit, the Abim Assistant Chief Administrative Officer, says they have failed to use the system since it was introduced in the district in March this year.

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According to Olwit, several activities in the district have stalled since they can't process any money from the system. However, Samuel Hashaka Mpimbaza, the Abim Resident District Commissioner, thinks otherwise, saying the purported system failure could be technical strategy to frustrate government efforts to improve efficiency and transparency.

"I suspect foul play in this claim because of individual reluctance to change. This could be human error and strategy" Hashaka said on phone.  Abim isn't the first district to find challenges of using the Integrated Financial Management System- IFMS. 

Moroto municipality was the first in Karamoja to use the IFMS system in 2014. Moroto and Kotido local government joined the system in 2015 followed by Napak in 2016.

However, all the local governments in the region have registered difficulties in using the system. Various leaders blamed the delayed disbursement of funds to youth groups under the youth livelihood and women entrepreneurship programs during the monitoring by the Gender, Labor and Social Development Ministry on the IFMS failure.