EXCLUSIVE: OPM Scandal Deepens As Handwriting Expert Pins Kazinda


cost geneva;”>The Department of Policy Implementation and Coordination handles the core coordination role of the Office of the Prime Minister and has registered the following achievements in FY 2011/2012 which are geared towards effective implementation and service delivery:

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(i) Coordination committee meetings under the Institutional Framework for Coordination of Government Policies and Programs have been facilitated. These meetings have deliberated on a number of cross cutting issues such as drug stock outs in Health Units; ghost pupils, teachers and schools; recruitment and deployment of teachers; implementation of east African community policies; government’s engagement with development partners under the Joint Budget Support Framework (JBSF); improvement of the Output Budgeting Tool to aid better planning and budgeting in line with the National Development Plan and Government Priorities. The coordination meetings have fostered harmonization and intersectoral collaboration in policy development, planning and implementation. The interactions with Development Partners led to the successful joint endorsement of the 4th Joint Assessment Framework between Government and the Joint Budget Support Development Partners. This has facilitated aid effectiveness, service delivery and policy reforms such as the amendment of the Public Finance and Accountability Act and the Public Procurement and Disposal of Assets law.
(ii) A Public Sector Management Strategic Investment Plan has been developed in line with the National Development Plan. The Strategic Investment Plan is focusing on tackling the binding constraints to development under the public sector management sphere of governance so as to enhance the effectiveness of service delivery. This plan will provide strategic direction to the following Public Sector Management institutions: Office of the Prime Minister (Sector Chair); Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development; Ministry of Local Government; Ministry of Public Service; Ministry of East African Community Affairs; National Planning Authority; Local Government Finance Commission; Cabinet Secretariat; Public Service Commission; Kampala Capital City Authority; Uganda Local Government Association; and the Urban Authorities Association of Uganda.
(iii) The Office of the Prime Minister in liaison with the Uganda Investment Authority (UIA) has successfully facilitated the Presidential Investors Round Table (PIRT). Since the 21st June 2007 when H.E. the President directed that the Office of the Prime Minister should take full charge to ensure that ministries implement the recommendations of the Round Table, this activity continues to form an important item on the plan of action of OPM. Implementation of agreed recommendations of the PIRT third phase have been followed up with the implementing Ministries and Agencies where major successes have been scored such is the reform of various commercial laws and improvement of the investment environment.
(iv) A strategy for the improvement of the coordination and monitoring of health service delivery has been developed through a consultative process and is being finalised for submission to Cabinet. This strategy will address the issues of frequent stock-outs of essential medicines and medical supplies; absenteeism of many health workers from their work; the lack of accurate and reliable community health service information systems; inefficient and poor supply chain management systems; lack of proper patient information management system in health centres; poorly managed drugs and supplies stores that make it difficult to make accurate drugs and supplies orders.
(v) Consultations have been initiated on the development of a national strategy for enhanced interagency coordination and collaboration. This strategy will provide a policy framework for the operationalization of Article 108A of the Constitution which charges Office of the Prime Minister with the Coordination and Implementation of government policies and progammes.
(vi) Office of the Prime Minister also commenced the coordination of the Uganda Nutrition Action Plan 2011-2016 which was launched by H.E. the President. OPM has worked with line ministries to develop a multi-sectoral implementation plan.

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Coordination structures have been established central and local government level and plans are currently underway to map all organisations delivering nutrition programmes in the countries as well as setting up a Monitoring and Evaluation framework to track progress in the implementation of the plan.
(vii) The implementation of the popular Citizen’s Demand for Accountability (Baraza) initiative is on-going and so far was conducted in 65 districts country-wide. This has proved an effective tool in enhancing community participation and promotion of transparency in the implementing government programmes.

Department of Information

Access to Information
• In a bid to operationalize the Access to Information Act, (ATIA) 2005, the Access to Information regulations were finalized and gazetted in April 2011.
• All Ministries have been sensitized on ATIA implementation and reporting system. Stakeholders are therefore, expected to access information from Ministries through the laid down procedures.

Publicity for Major National and International Functions
• The OPM has coordinated publicity for major national and international functions. It chairs the Publicity Sub-committee for the National Organising Committee (NOC) of such functions.

Government Communication Strategy
• The Government Communication Strategy was developed and has been approved by Cabinet. The purpose of the Strategy is to ensure a well-coordinated communication system across Government and the public.

Department of National Guidance

The Department of National Guidance was created in 2006 to handle mainly ideological sensitization of Ugandans to appreciate and adopt a level of consciousness that will allow them to harness the abundant resources of the country into wealth. It is by causing a paradigm shift that the current negative attitudes and mind-set will be changed; and Ugandans henceforth will begin to realize the importance of having common engagement to meaningful development. The department works to attain the following strategies, as outlined in the National Development Plan:
• Nurture national values through the entire spectrum of social, political and economic systems;
• Promote community participation;
• Create national awareness for socio-economic transformation. The following are the core activities for the department:
• Sensitization workshops on understanding the National Vision. The citizens are challenged to acknowledge that unity, social harmony, visionary leadership and nationalism propel development.
• Promotion of constitutionalism, good governance and multiparty democracy with a view to alerting the citizens to take up the transformation of Uganda in spite of political diversity/ differences.
• Championing citizens’ ideological transformation to boost support for Government policies and programs; The department handles the following areas:
• Promoting the National Vision, National Values, National Interest and Common Good;
• Propagating Ideological awareness;
• Political interpretation of news.
A draft Policy on National Guidance has been produced; a consultant has developed the issues paper which will be used for consultations at different levels.

Key Achievements Registered By The Department Of National Guidande

1. Propagation Of The National Vision
This entails citizen sensitization towards knowing the values and beliefs of Uganda in order for them to correctly understand national goals and pursue Government policies and programs in line with the national transformation agenda. Pre-sensitization surveys were conducted in Busia, Iganga, Kibaale and Jinja districts to prepare guidance materials. Sensitization workshops were held in Buvuma, Kiryandongo, and Butambala districts.
2. Promotion of Constitutionalism, Good Governance and Multi-Party Democracy This focuses mainly on guiding citizens to support the building of democratic institution especially by emboldening the pillars of ACCUNTABILITY, TRANSPARENCY and ACCOUNTABILITY among other issues of Good Governance, through workshops and seminars across the country. Workshops were held in Tororo, Bushenyi, Mitooma and Buhweju districts.
3. Ideological Development for Socio-Economic Transformation This is essentially meant to tackle binding constraint No.5 in the National Development Plan (NDP) to do with changing citizens’ negative attitude and mindsets for development. The effort is expected to boost the implementation of Government policies and programs. Seminars were conducted for the youth, in and out of school in Gulu, Pader and Lira districts.
4. Formulation Of the National Guidance Policy. The process is on-going, with the mobilization of startup documents already done and consultations with various stakeholders and the public going on. It will continue for some time, especially holding consultative meetings and research.

viagra approved geneva;”>Detectives told Chimpreports on Sunday night the police expert discovered “glaring variations” in the “texture and font” between Bigirimana’s signatures and those obtained from Kazinda’s home in Bukoto, web a Kampala suburb.

This police report will be used to pin Kazinda in nine counts of forgery and abuse of office at the High Court where he was committed last Friday by the Anti-Corruption Chief Magistrate Irene Akankwasa.

Senior State Attorney Robert Mackay, alleges Kazinda between November 2011 and May 2012 at UCB zone Bukoto in Nakawa division forged various computer generated letters (security papers) with forged signatures of Bigirimana.

Prosecution further contends all security papers, some serialized and others not, were addressed to the Bank of Uganda Director Banking to secure Shs14bn.

Kazinda’s plush mansion in Bukoto, Kampala

The funds were released in December from a holding Account managed by Accountant General at Bank of Uganda to Crisis Management and Recovery Account operated by Office of the Prime Minister without the knowledge of the Bigirimana.

Kazinda started operating this account using forged security papers to withdraw cash and pay companies for Air supply of Relief food recommended by the Commissioner for Disaster.

“This is evidenced from the Security documents together with Invoices and Local Purchase Orders recovered from his home and Bank of Uganda. When the Accounting Officer (Bigirimana) discovered money had been released without his knowledge, he demanded to know how the money came,” said a detective handling the OPM investigation.

While appearing before detectives last month, Bigirimana said Kazinda’s transfer was prompted by his professional misconduct such as manipulation of the programme items, failure to have IFMS connections to Heads of Department, failure to provide expenditure balances to Heads of Department, failure to follow Accountability Regulations and co-mingling of funds.

His elusive behavior in the management of financial matters was also a matter of concern.

Police was requested to apprehend Kazinda who had disappeared for close to one month and a half and yet he was required to prepare Final Accounts as required under the Treasury Accounting Instructions and the Public Finance and Accountability Act.

He was also required to handover since he was on transfer.

Bigirimana, who had never visited Kazinda before, was compelled to move to Bukoto when he came to learn that actually Kazinda was not hospitalized in Nairobi as had been claimed.

Pius Bigirimana

Prosecution notes that documents obtained from Kazinda’s home had pre-signed signatures of Bigirimana with the official stamp, and addressed to Bank of Uganda which the Permanent Secretary disowned as forgeries.

Some of the documents which will be submitted in court as exhibits include cash withdraw forms, security papers, Bigirimana’s internal memo addressed to the accused dated January 10, 2011 and a confidential letter to the Accountant General on Kazinda’s unsatisfactory conduct dated January 28, 2011.

Kazinda is considered one of the wealthiest civil servants.

His plush mansion in Bukoto which sits on an acre of land, boasts an Olympic-size swimming pool, tens of bedrooms with over 6 posh Mercedes cars estimated at Shs2bn.

Detectives argue that keeping Kazinda at Luzira Prison would be the best way to stop him from frustrating investigations.


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