Minister Nyanzi Ordered to Refund Ugx12 Million

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The decision was taken after Deborah Katuramu, the Ministry of Presidency Permanent secretary told the Public Accounts committee of parliament that Nyanzi was paid Ugx 12 million to undertake a training for foreign leaders in Korea.

Vincent Nyanzi, a state minister in the vice president's office has been directed to refund up to Ugx 12 million that he illegally claimed after forging documents in 2012.

The decision was taken after Deborah Katuramu, the Ministry of Presidency Permanent secretary told the Public Accounts committee of parliament that Nyanzi was paid Ugx 12 million to undertake a  training for foreign leaders in Korea. 

However, he didn't declare that in the invitation letter, all expenses, including per diem for the entire trip had been paid for by the Korean government. The training took place from 21st - 30th November 2012.

Although, the PS stated that efforts have been made to reclaim the money from the minister's duty facilitation allowance on a monthly basis, members objected saying the practice is not ideal. They instead directed that the money be recovered from Nyanzi's monthly salary.

Bufumbira East MP Eddy Kwizera faulted the accounting officer for going for the minister's allowance instead of the hefty salary.

"It is irregular to recover money from a duty facilitating allowance. It is not a minister's money that money is meant to help him carry out his duties, so how do you expect him to work... Why don't you pick that money from his salary?" Kwizera questioned.

Katuramu attracted uproar from MPs when she said it is tricky for her to touch the salary of the Minister. Subsequently she was advised to write to the clerk to parliament to recover the money in lump sum, failure of which, the money would be recovered from her.

The committee acting chairperson Jinja East MP Paul Mwiru warned the accounting officer that she was shielding criminals who are stealing the tax payers' money.

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The committee also heard that former Kampala RDC currently in Namayingo Samuel Mpimbaza Hashaka forged fuel receipts costing Ugx 4m. Hashaka was paid the money after presenting different fuel receipts from different petrol stations.

The accounting officer said they had initiated the Auditor general's directive to recover the money from the RDC. Katuramu said the recovery of the money from Hashaka's account had started and would go on for seven months.