MPs Direct OPM to Recover UGX 1.2billion

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In his 2013/ 2014 financial year report, the Auditor General, John Muwanga noted that the quarterly allowances were irregularly paid out to the recipients since they were not provided for in the standing instructions.

The Public Accounts Committee-PAC has tasked the Office of the Prime Minister-OPM to recover Shillings 1.2 billion that was paid out as quarterly allowances to Ministers, their political assistants and staff.

 
The issue of the allowances came to the fore during an interface between PAC members and OPM officials led by the Permanent Secretary, Christine Guwatudde. In his 2013/ 2014 financial year report, the Auditor General, John Muwanga noted that the quarterly allowances were irregularly paid out to the recipients since they were not provided for in the standing instructions. 

"Payment of irregular allowances affects the entity cash flows and results into diversions of government funds", he noted.  However, this afternoon, Aggrey Kinobe, the Undersecretary in the OPM defended the payment of the allowances, saying it was in line with standing instructions on duty facilitating allowances for public officers and political leaders issued by the Public Service Ministry in 2008.  He said that the allowances were paid out in form of lunch, dinner, and mileage among others.
 
 
 
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However, Kassiano Oketcha, an officer from the Office of the Auditor General cut him short, saying quarterly allowances are not provided for in the standing order. 
 

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As a result, Angeline Osegge, the PAC chairperson directed that OPM recovers the funds immediately.
 
 
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Olive Nakatudde
Olive Nakatudde is a URN journalist based in Kampala. Nakatudde has been a URN staff member since 2013.

Nakatudde started out in journalism in 2009 with Dembe FM radio in Kampala. In 2012, Nakatudde joined Voice of Africa as a political reporter. She has been a photographer since her journalism school days at Makerere University.

Nakatudde is interested in good governance and public policy, which she reports on intensively from the Uganda Parliament. She is a keen follower of cultural affairs in Buganda Kingdom and covers the kingdom's Lukiiko (parliament). Nakatudde also reports on education and health.