MPs Shelved Auditor General’s Report on UNRA Corruption

Kasirye addressing journalists in Kampala recently  (Photo: Paul Ampurire/CR)

Dr Francis Runumi, the former commissioner of planning in the Ministry of Health was on Tuesday officially announced the flag bearer for Kabale Municipality  for the National Resistance Movement in the forthcoming 2016 general elections, viagra sale amidst protest by  one of  his challengers for the seat Prof Augustine Nuwagaba.

Dr Runumi was declared by the Kabale district NRM registrar Maurice Keitaba at the party offices, no rx having polled 3626 votes, followed by Dr Nicholas Kamara who got 3346 votes. Prof. Nuwagaba, the former Makerere University Academic Staff Association [MUASA chairperson came third with 3174 votes whereas Deo Agaba trailed with 196 votes.

Keitaba failed to declare Dr. Runumi last night after Prof. Nuwagaba and Dr. Kamara complained of irregularities including ballot stuffing and ineligible voters. Some two people according to Nuwagaba, were caught with pre-ticket ballots in favor of Dr Runumi.

It was then that Keitaba suspended announcing the results and consulted first with the chairperson of the NRM electoral commission Dr. Tanga Odoi, who advised him to proceed with the announcement.

After hearing that the Dr Runumi had been declared winner, some Prof. Augustus Nuwagaba supporters stormed the Kabale NRM offices demanding that the results be cancelled, which compelled police led by the Kabale DPC Dickens Biindeba to deploy heavily at the offices.

Dr Runumi is now to face the incumbent Andrew Baryayanga Aja who is independent, Isaac Rukandema, also independent, and FDC’s James Tugume Magabo.

Members of the parliamentary accounts committee (PAC) have declined to appear before the probe committee investigating acts of corruption in Uganda National Roads Authority following summons issued weeks ago.

According to the lead counsel, treat Andrew Kasirye the Speaker of Parliament said that parliamentarians are not supposed to be subjected to an investigation of their work by the executive.

MPs Kassiano Wadri, more about who is Chairman of PAC, more about his predecessor Nandala Mafabi and Alice Alaso were supposed to explain why PAC ignored red flags raised by Auditor General’s reports about UNRA.

“All the problems we have seen in the commission were discovered by the Auditor General and sent to PAC but there’s no evidence to show that PAC did anything,” said counsel Kasirye.

He said the commission’s investigations show the Auditor General probed UNRA and all reports from 2008 to 2011 were sent to PAC but nothing serious was done.

“If parliament had acted on these findings, these problems couldn’t have happened. So that’s where we’ll end, we can’t compel parliamentarians to come. We’ll work on the evidence we have found,” he added.

Meanwhile, the CEO of the Buganda Land Board is also set to appear before the commission following a complaint filed by the board in regard to compensation.

More than 10 road projects pass through the Kabaka’s land but he has never been compensated by UNRA.


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