By Okoodi Abooki
Members of the parliamentary Public accounts committee in charge of local governments have urged government to make strict follow up of funds sent to all districts in the country.
According to the committee’s vice chairman Gilbert Olanya, such follow-up will save government funds from being misused by alleged corrupt district officials.
Olanya together with members of the committee were in the south western region to follow up the finances released to local governments in the area.
On a quarterly basis central government releases over 500 billion shillings to districts, municipalities, town councils and sub counties to supplement the local revenue collected by these administrative units.
The money released is in three different categories which include conditional, non-conditional and equalization grants.
The conditional fund is strictly spent on the improvement of different road nets works while the non-conditional grant is majorly used in the health sector.
During the follow up exercise five civil servants from the districts Mbarara, Kiruhura, Ntungamo and Rubirizi were handed over to police by the Members of Parliament for failure to provide proper accountability of funds received from central government.
The arrested civil servants include Dinah Mwiije the Mbarara district procurement officer and Peter Turyamureba the Mbarara Municipal focal person for the Youth livelihood program.
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