Parliament’s accounts commission has today arrested ministry of health top officials over failure to account for money worth shs 6.6B which was meant to be building hospitals.
The arrested officials are Diana Atwine the ministry’s Permanent Secretary and Segawa Gyavira the Under-Secretary.
Their arrest was ordered by the PAC chairman Hon Nandala Mafabi who tasked them to explain whether there is any agreement with National Medical Stores NMS concerning the procurement and delivery of uniforms, beddings and productive gears and after them failing, he handed them over to CID for further management.
PAC based on two Auditor General’s Reports for financial year ending June 2017 and financial year ending June 2018 respectively where it indicated that In the June 2017 report, shs 4.6Bn was disbursed to NMS and another shs 5Bn was sent to procure other items which couldn’t be accounted for.
June 2018 Auditor General report further indicates that an examination of vouchers revealed that the Health Ministry disbursed a total of shs 5Bn to NMS to cater for the procurement of uniforms, beddings and productive gears, shs 3Bn for printing and stationery, while shs 2Bn was to cater for photocopying and binding.
Auditor’s reports adds the mismanaged money was gotten from the Ministry’s approved Funds for Monitoring, Supervision and Evaluation of Health Systems under project 1027 for Institutional Support to Ministry of Health.
“The funds had not been accounted for by the close of the year and in the absence of the required supporting documentation, audit was unable to confirm the authenticity and validity of the expenditure,” reads auditor’s report.
Auditor’s report further reveals that despite an explanation that NMS was to acknowledge the funds, issue receipts and also provide details of procurement and distribution of delivered items and recipient facilities, none of these were in place at the time of audit.
Dr Diana and her Undersecretary are still being held and interrogated by CID investigators at parliament.