Thursday, November 15, 2012
ANY DONOR WHO CANNOT GET ACCOUNTABILITY FOR WHAT HE WANTS TO DONATE SHOULD NOT BOTHER
We the people of Uganda are fed up with donors who can not learn. If you give Uganda billions this year and the story is the same as the previous year, why don't you sit down and think of a better strategy instead of threatening to pull out. Whatever the donors want to give Uganda, the reputation is that they are dealing with people who seem not to manage accountability problems well. These are people who are failing to get a difference between their own funds and those of the people of Uganda. What the donors should do if they are really serious about helping the people of Uganda is to have a slice of what they would give to go to their own administration of the project. If you were to give 100% funds to Government, now, get 70% to the direct beneficiaries and use the 30% to see that process done. Any donor who keeps giving Uganda money he can not follow up, will in the near future be seen as one who was a joint beneficiary of the loot. There is no need to have quarrels with people who cannot shape up. Just get the funds less by the operating costs, that 70% or so will better benefit the people targets that have it go to people who have no hearts for others. William Kituuka Kiwanuka IRISH GOVERNMENT SUSPENDS AID TO UGANDA OVER KAZINDA By Brian Kwesiga 26/10/2012 12:07:00 Kazinda being taken to Luzira Kazinda being taken to LuziraKazinda's Mansion Whereas the Central bank guidelines requires that all cash payments above Shs15m and non-cash payments in excess of Shs20m are confirmed by calling at least one of the signatures, it was noticed in the period under review of non-cash payment totaling Shs10.9bn were not confirmed with any of the signatory. Where confirmation was done, it was also noted that whereas the guidelines required confirmation from one of the signatories, most of the confirmations were made with Kazinda yet the accounting officer is the principal signatory. Payment guidelines require officers in the Central bank should carry out a verification of signatures’ mandate against specimen signatures in the bank. INVESTIGATION A review of the sample cash payments above Shs15m and non-cash payments above Shs20m from all OPM accounts over a period of two financial years 2010/11 showed payment instruments totaling Shs13.4bn appeared to have signatures of Bigirimana and under secretary differing from the specimen signatures in BoU, a fact confirmed by signature experts at CID. A comparison of the signature verification control and the payment confirmation control revealed that all instruments with differing signatures were confirmed by the Kazinda and honored by the bank. “It should be noted that Kazinda is a custodian of security papers and in all instances his appeared authentic. The involvement of the PA in forged signatures in the circumstances cannot be ignored,” the Auditor General observes. Meanwhile, it is was noted that after forging documents Kazinda on December 1 2011 and January 30 2012 irregularly credited three accounts with Shs20.1bn from Support to PRDP. They are 183011PTO11211 (Shs14.8bn), 183111PT30112 (Shs3.5bn) and STP400033300112 (Shs1.7bn). The money ended up in the wrong hands. Meanwhile, the newspaper further reported that Ireland has had an aid programme in Uganda since 1994 and funding last year amounted to €32.75 million.