MPs Grill NFA Officials Over UGX 2billion

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In his 2014/2015 financial year report, the Auditor General, John Muwanga noted that NFA had weaknesses in budgeting and financial controls.

The Committee on Commissions Statutory Authorities and State Enterprises-COSASE has grilled officials from the National Forestry Authority-NFA on the use of unforeseen revenue collections. 



The officials appeared before COSASE led by their Executive Director Michael Mugisa and board Chairperson, Greshom Onyango to respond to queries raised by the auditor general.

 
In his 2014/2015 financial year report, the Auditor General, John Muwanga noted that NFA had weaknesses in budgeting and financial controls. 




He also said a review of the financial performance of the Authority showed that more than Shillings 2 billion that was collected from established revenue sources was unbudgeted for, adding that revenue forecasting was inadequate.
 
 
This afternoon, Anita Among, the COSASE Vice Chairperson tasked Abdul Mubiru, the NFA former Finance Director to explain how the Shillings 2 billion was collected and utilised in vain.
 
  
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The audit report further indicated that Shillings 11.3 billion was collected by rangers and plantations from revenue items initially budgeted at 7.8bn Shillings without preparing a supplementary budget. 
 
 
 
According to the Auditor General, this is an indicator that the NFA revenue potential is not adequately evaluated during the budget formulation process.


Among gave NFA two days to furnish her committee with accountability on how the funds were utilized.
 
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Members of parliament wondered whether the Authority had a competent person to handle the budgeting processes. 

Theodore Ssekikubo, the Lwemiyaga county MP noted that the lack of budgetary controls was an indictment on the management, which he accused of laxity.

 

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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.