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Government Has Lost Shs 38.3b To Swindlers

viagra 100mg http://coachesacrosscontinents.org/wp-content/plugins/contact-form-7/uninstall.php geneva; font-size: small;”>“Uganda is currently besieged with very worrying allegations of grand corruption, the mismanagement of funds in the OPM totaling to Shs 38.3 billion. This includes money that has been swindled and also that has been shifted from its allocated activity to another. , http://clovellysurfclub.com.au/wp-content/plugins/wp-e-commerce/wp-shopping-cart.php ” said Lokodo.

He said this while addressing journalists today Thursday at Uganda Media Centre about the grand and syndicated corruption in the country.

Lukodo said that since the allegations of financial impropriety in the OPM, Government requested the Auditor General to undertake special investigations and will not leave any stone unturned. “This investigation is not selective as people may assume, everyone in the OPM has been summoned but those who seem guilty have been concentrated on the most,” he said.

“A public servant has a limit to wealth. If it is through legitimate means then it is okay but one who acquires wealth through embezzling public funds or illegal means then he/she is against the law and should be punished,” he added.

Lokodo said that the Government is determined to fight corruption in the country. “When something happens, it is an eye opener to be ready for anything, so we are alert more than ever. Measures have been put in place to fight corruption which involve a diversity of strategies and involvement of all stake holders,” he added.

The Auditor General is to take further forensic audit on mismanagement of public funds in other relevant Government institutions such as Ministry of Public Service in addition to the one in the OPM, also put measures in the control of donor disbursements within Bank of Uganda and Treasury.

Government shall ensure that all dormant project accounts in Bank of Uganda are closed based on the Memorandum of understanding between Bank of Uganda and the Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development. “From now onwards, public money will first go to the Consolidation bank before it is dispatched to the allocated department,” said Lokodo.

Government has directed the Ministry of Public Service to reconcile and clean up the salary and pension payroll to remove all the “Ghosts” and shall also ensure that pension and salary payrolls are migrated to IPPS by December 2012 to eliminate diversion of funds away from the intended beneficiaries.

Lokodo also emphasized that they shall ensure more vigorous enforcement of the policy of regular rotation of staff particulary those involved in the direct management of Government resources such as Accountants, Procurement Officers.

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