PAC Wants Forensic Audit of Police Finances

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Parliaments Public Accounts Committee PAC has ordered the office of the Auditor General to conduct a forensic audit of the Uganda Police Force financial records particularly the accumulated arrears.

Parliament's Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has ordered the office of the Auditor General to conduct a forensic audit of the Uganda Police Force financial records particularly the accumulated arrears.
                             
The directive by PAC chairperson Angeline Osegge today followed a fruitless engagement with the Police top officials led by the undersecretary Rogers Muhiirwa.
 
The other officers in the meeting included director for planning Edward Ochom and Spokesperson Andrew Kaweesi among others.  
 
The Police fficers had appeared before the committee to answer audit queries raised by Auditor General John Muwanga in his 2014/2015 report in which he cited an outstanding bill of 16.4 billion Shillings payables accumulated by police.
 
Muwanga noted that the police force management continued to accumulate arrears without establishing mechanisms to monitor and control them.
 
Rogers Muhiirwa, the police undersecretary explained that police only receives 45 percent of the required budget.
 
He attempted to prove that the outstanding arrears had been reduced to 4.3 billion Shillings but the financial statements he presented before the committee contained several discrepancies.
 
The committee adjourned for about 15 minutes for the police team to harmonise figures in their statements in vain.
 
With responses not coming through, the Committee chairperson Osegge, who represents Soroti District in Parliament, ordered for a forensic audit.
 
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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.