Councilors Demand Special Audit of KCCA Accounts

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On Monday Jennifer Musisi, the KCCA executive director, presented a performance report indicating that the institution operated on a total budget of 155 billion shillings. This total, however, conflicts with the 145 billion shillings presented in parliament by then minster for Kampala, Kabakumba Matsiko, and the 176 billion shillings passed by the KCCA authority meeting held on June 21, 2011.

Kampala Capital City Authority—KCCA has asked the Auditor General to conduct a special forensic audit on how city funds are spent.

On Monday Jennifer Musisi, the KCCA executive director, presented a performance report indicating that the institution operated on a total budget of 155 billion shillings. This total, however, conflicts with the 145 billion shillings presented in parliament by then minster for Kampala, Kabakumba Matsiko, and the 176 billion shillings passed by the KCCA authority meeting held on June 21, 2011.

Musisi’s performance report also indicates that a total of 52 billion shillings was recovered from the 152 undeclared accounts of the former Kampala City Council. But this figure also differs from an earlier figure of 58 billion shillings that had been declared after a special audit that was carried out by the auditor general in the first quarter of 2011.

Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago says that reconciling the figures would require a special audit to ascertain the discrepancies existing between the figures.

But Musisi explains that the discrepancies are as a result of a typing error which management can rectify. According to Musisi the budget that was passed by the city authority stands at 171 billion instead of 176 billion shillings.

She explains that 101 billion shillings would come from the central government, 44 billion was to be generated from local revenue while an estimated 25 billion shillings was to come from the money that were found on the KCC accounts.

On the differences in the amount of money on the secret KCC accounts, Musisi also says that there was double counting error in the initial audit that was carried out by the Ministry of Finance that has been fixed.

She says that after rectifying the anomaly the total amount on the frozen accounts stood at 52 billion shillings.

Musisi explains that KCCA established that 26 billion shillings was received from local revenue, while 25.4 billion came from government grants. She says the central government funds were transferred to the Uganda Consolidated Fund accounts as per section 19 of the Public Finance and Accountability Act 2003. And that some of the banks including Global Trust Bank holding accounts for Kawempe Divison have been directed to comply.

But the councilors led by Shifrah Lukwago representing Kawempe and Joyce Achan representing people with disability demanded for a special audit on the KCCA accounts.

Musisi is sheduled to lay the KCCA budget estimates for 2012/13 on Friday.