By Max Patrico Ocaido
The Office of the Auditor General (OAG) has concluded fresh investigations on alleged misappropriation of $200m (over Shs700bn) PTA loan that has put Finance minister Matia Kasaija and the Secretary to the Treasury Keith Muhakanizi at the helm.
On February 07, 2018, Speaker Rebecca Kadaga blocked the proposed censure of Kasaija and Muhakanizi for 'duping' Parliament and 'fraudulently' receiving the $200m (about Shs720bn) loan in guise of giving it to National Medical Stores (NMS) for procurement of medical supplies.
Whereas the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) chaired by Soroti Woman MP Angeline Ossegge was tasked in 2016 to investigate this controversial PTA loan, Kadaga in February ruled that there is need to involve the Auditor General to conduct a special audit on this loan before parliament proceeds to debate on Committee report.
As a result, Kadaga on February 07, directed the Auditor General John Muwanga to carry out a special audit the performance and neutralization of $200m loan from parliament acquired from PTA bank and report to parliament before February 20. She stayed further debate on this matter until February 28," Kadaga ruled.
The latest is that the OAG has concluded its special audit on the said loan and has handed the report to the Clerk to Parliament Jane Kibirge. As a result, the House that was adjourned more than two weeks ago has been called back from recess to debate the report in accordance with the special audit report.
According to the Order Paper that has been released, the Auditor General's special audit report will tomorrow (Tuesday) be laid on the floor of parliament before parliament proceeds to debate the PAC report.