NFA Officials Grilled Over UGX 1bn Fuel Expenditure

The Committee for Commissions Statutory Authorities and State Enterprises has tasked Michael Mugisa, the executive Director National Forestry Authority to provide a detailed breakdown of 1 billion shillings on fuel.

National Forestry Authority Executive Director Michael Mugisa before Parliament's Committee on Commissions Statutory Authorities and State Enterprises
National Forestry Authority Executive Director Michael Mugisa before Parliament’s Committee on Commissions Statutory Authorities and State Enterprises

The committee led by its chair Ibrahim Semujju Nganda, issued the directive on Wednesday when Mugisa appeared to respond to queries in the auditor general’s report for the financial year ending 2013.

In the report, the auditor general queries the shillings 1 billion fuel expenditure. The money was reportedly deposited with Shell Uganda Ltd and Total Uganda Ltd to cater for fuel.

The report notes that, despite the fact that NFA uses a fuel card system that enables officers access fuel as and when required but the Transport Officer didn’t maintain a Fuel Register contrary to Section F-I (7) (c) of the Uganda Government Standing Orders.

He notes that due to the absence of a fuel register and monthly reconciliations, it was not possible to ascertain the fuel usage by the authority personnel.

The report also observed that, the NFA Transport Officer failed to submit a list of fuel-card holders to the audit team, which limited the scope of the audit.

The Auditor General said this raises suspicion that some of the fuel may have not been used for official work. In his response to the query on the suspicious fuel expenditure Mugisha said despite the absence of fuel register, they have records showing how the money was spent.

However, the committee wouldn’t have any of this. Led by their chairperson Ibrahim Semuju, the committee members blasted Mugisa for failing to effectively supervise his staff in the transport office.

Semujju directed Mugisa and his transport officer to provide accountability for the UGX 1bn shillings or be held liable.

National Forestry Authority Management was also grilled over unaccounted for administrative advances of UGX 625 million.

Mugisha was directed by the committee to ensure that the money is accounted for or he pays it from his salary.

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