The Auditor General has ordered Nakaseke district Chief Administrative Officer CAO to recover 34 million shillings which was overpaid to staff. In the financial year 2014/15, 160 district staff got salaries over and above the authorised salary scales.
The Public Service Standing Orders provide for salaries to be paid correctly and promptly in accordance with the approved salary structure.
However, in the financial year 2014/15, Nakaseke district paid salaries over and above the authorised salary scales. The over payments amounted to over 34 million shillings. In the list seen by URN, over 160 district staff were paid above their salaries in variance of between 40,000 and 310,000 shillings.
In his report for 2015/16, the Auditor General John Muwanga notes that the CAO promised to recover the funds from the staff starting September 2015 but till to-date the funds remain outstanding.
The auditor general has asked the CAO to initiate recovery measures, and open individual personal advance accounts to record the amount due to the district.The recovered money is supposed to be deposited on government consolidated account.
The report also faulted the Nakaseke accounting officer for failure to deduct the Local service tax from 69 district staff causing a loss of 1.7 million shillings in the financial year 2015/16.
But when URN reached CAO Edith Mutabaazi, she declined to comment on the report saying she has not got a copy.
One of the beneficiaries of the over-payments told URN that she thought the money was an increment on her salary and didn't mind about questioning it. She however promised to repay it in instalments when the CAO writes to her. She was supposed to be paid shillings 481,302 but she found shillings 792,885 on her account.
Disan Lwanga, the district Councillor for Kiwoko town council blames CAO for neglecting her duty, something that can lead government to lose the money. He warns that she will be held accountable if the staff don't repay the money.
In the same report, the Auditor General has also noted that local governments irregularly paid 11.3 billion shillings to staff and pensioners. The irregularities included over payments worth shillings 1.1 billion, Unsupported Pension Payments worth 9.5 billion shillings and 657 million shillings wrongly paid to staff as salaries in the local governments across the country.
"The district Accounting Officers attributed the irregularities to challenges encountered during decentralisation of salary payments on the Integrated Financial Management system (IFMS) and Integrated Personnel and payroll system (IPPS) and outright errors during the salary payment process. " the report reads in part
The Auditor General said he is yet to get evidence to that effect and has since ordered the relevant accounting officers to recover the funds from the beneficiaries.