MPs Call for Interdiction Of Bigirimana

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The MPs say it was the responsibility of the permanent secretary to oversee all the activities of the project and that failure to do that is mismanagement enough.

Parliament has called for the interdiction of the permanent secretary in the office of the Prime Minister Pius Bigirimana over the mismanagement of the peace recovery and development programme funds in the Northern Region.

Reacting to the motion moved by Dokolo MP Felix Okot Ogong that a forensic audit be conducted over the programme in the Office of the Prime Minister; the MPs have questioned how an accounting officer under whose supervision the mismanagement took place can remain in office as investigations take place.

The MPs say it was the responsibility of the permanent secretary to oversee all the activities of the project and that failure to do that is management enough.
Butaleja woman MP Cerinah Nebanda asked what is special about Bigirimana and added an amendment of interdicting him on the motion.

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Other MPs who include Rwampara MP Vincent Kyamadid and Kaberamaido woman MP Florence Ibi Ekwau also insisted that the PS be suspended if corruption is to be fought in this country.
Soroti Municipality MP Mike Mukula said most of the money was spent on constructing houses of the chiefs in the Northern Region.

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Ndorwa West MP David Bahati said that this programme has been edited and re-edited adding that what is lacking is the executive to take action.
Dokolo woman MP Cecilia Ogwal suggested that the PS should not only be interdicted but also be arrested and made liable to return the lost funds.

She moved an amendment clause in the motion that the Bigiriman and other individuals responsible for the loss of the funds in the Prime Minister’s office be interdicted and made liable to refund the money lost.

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When the Prime Minister rose to comment on the matter he only supported the first and second resolutions of conducting a forensic audit and having the Public Accounts Committee of parliament handles the Auditor General’s report on the matter.

He however tried to deviate on the issue of interdicting the Permanent secretary by saying that the officers on whom evidence has been found are being handled as the law requires but the members did not give him a chance.

Parliament eventually unanimously agreed on all the prayers of the motion which include the interdiction of the permanent Secretary.

PRDP was instituted in 2007 for a period of three years to develop the war ravaged Northern region and later extended for a period of more three years. 455 million dollars was earmarked for the second part of the project with donors providing 178m dollars and the government providing 152m dollars.

The mover of the motion, Okot- Ogong told parliament that there is a high discrepancy between the purported money released and actual results on the ground given the high levels of poverty, high infant mortality, high maternal rate and high levels of unemployment that are still at large.