Parliament Sources Auditors for Auditor General

Parliament's Communications Director, Chris Obore

Parliament has spoken out on the failure to audit the Office of the Auditor General for the last 12 years, website like this saying the sourcing of auditors has already commenced.

The response followed a blockbuster investigative expose published by ChimpReports showing how the Auditor General’s office had quietly frustrated efforts to conduct an audit of its work.

We also published a confidential correspondence by Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda to Speaker Rebecca Kadaga about a frustrated audit draft report which exposed “non-accountability by Office of Auditor General (OAG) for many accounts in Bank of Uganda, order misreporting and limited capacity in OAG to spot impropriety”.

However, visit this site in a statement issued by Parliament’s spokesperson Chris Obore, the most recent attempt at auditing the OAG was unsuccessful.

“The process, which involved a consortium of three firms: Nexia Johnson & Johnson CPA, Kisaka & Co CPA and Data Figure & Co. CPA ended up in arbitration due to accusations and counter accusations amongst the parties involved,” said Obore.

He said on 1st August 2014, the Consortium was awarded a six months contract ending on 28th February 2015, to audit the OAG for the period covering the financial years 2005/2006 – 2012/2013.

However, said Obore, disagreements amongst the three partners in the consortium emerged following the payment of a mobilization fee of Shs 224.6m to Nexia Johnson & Johnson CPA on their behalf.

“Following the failure by the consortium to act, audit and report to the Speaker about the auditing process according to the contract, the Parliament’s Contracts Committee terminated their contract, acting on the basis of a recommendation by the Contracts Manager,” he added.

He said the arbitration was concluded and awarded in the Parliament’s favour.

“As a result, a new process has been started by the Parliamentary Commission to procure an auditor for the OAG,” said Obore, adding, “This will be the third attempt by Parliament to audit the Office of the Auditor General, further indicating the importance Parliament puts to its accountability and oversight functions.”

This website understands that donors are up in arms, seeking accountability of all funds advanced to the OAG.

Sources told us last week that the draft report exposing rot in the Auditor General’s office could be kept under wraps as the OAG has since filed a criminal case against Nexia Johnson & Johnson under registration number GEF 235/2015.

Nexia Johnson & Johnson told Rugunda that it was compelled to close its offices and has since suffered reputational loss in damages to image of the firm and network.

But Obore said Parliament, through both the plenary and its committees is at the core of demanding and ensuring proper accountability of public funds.

“It shall continue to pursue this line of securing, through a smooth and transparent process, the required competent firms to carry out an audit of the Office of the Auditor General as prescribed by the law,” said Obote.

The Office of the Auditor General audits public expenditure, through conducting “audits and investigations to assess the efficiency, effectiveness and accountability of public sector agencies and their programmes.”

The Auditor General reports to Parliament.


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