MPs sitting on the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of the Ugandan Parliament have unearthed more rot in the Office of the Prime Minister regarding the mismanagement of the Peace and Recovery Development Program (PRDP) funds meant for northern Uganda and Karamoja region.
The MPs while in a closed meeting with the Auditor General, John Muwanga, discovered that shs1.7 billion which was part of the PRDP funds was used to purchase a high end Mercedes Benz for Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi and other luxury vehicles for his office.
The Auditor General told the PAC that the First Lady, Janet Museveni used over 800 million shillings to travel to Israel eight times in one month.
Some members on the committee who include Gerald Karuhanga and Henry Musasizi said that they want the First Lady, the Prime Minister and Bank of Uganda officials at Parliament without fail next week to explain their involvement in the mismanagement of the funds.
“The Prime Minister’s office is on the front pages of all the newspapers over misusing tax payer’s money. We are also plan to interdict Mr. Bigirimana for the loss of shs50 billion, again another saga of shs1.7 billion has come in. We really need to do something as far as this matter is concerned,” Karuhanga said.
“It’s hurting to know that the money that should have gone to the people of northern Uganda where children are suffering from nodding disease and hunger was used to buy vehicles for ministers and the Prime Minister,” he added.
After meeting with the Auditor General, the committee will begin its investigations into the matter on Monday next week.
At least Shs50 billion in funds for the Peace, Recovery and Development Plan for Northern Uganda is believed to have been stolen at Office of the Prime Minister. So far five donor nations including Ireland and Sweden have reacted by suspending aid to Uganda.