Twenty local government accounting officers (Chief Administrative Officers) are in panic and will have to look for jobs elsewhere after being sacked by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Finance and Secretary to the Treasury, Keith Muhakanizi, on grounds that they failed to account for public resources.
Muhakanizi made the revelation in a letter to the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Local Government, Ben Kumumanya who had written a letter on May 14, 2018 submitting a list of officers for appointment as Accounting Officers for Local Government Votes in financial year 2018/19.
“In accordance to Section 11 subsection 2 (g) of the Public Finance Management Act (2015), some of the officers referred to in your letter above, are not eligible for appointment as Local Government Accounting Officers for FY2018/19,” Muhakanizi wrote to his counterpart in a letter dated May 24,2018.
The cited section says: “The Secretary to the Treasury shall appoint or designate accounting officers in accordance with this Act, except that the Secretary to the Treasury shall not appoint or designate a person an accounting officer where, according to the report of an Internal Auditor or the Auditor General, that person has not accounted for the public resources or assets of the vote for a financial year.”
The Act requires that all government accounting officers submit the budget performance reports and Budget Framework Papers to the Ministry of Finance by specific dates.
Budget performance reports for the first and second quarters are supposed to be submitted by October 31 of every year while Budget Framework papers are submitted by every January 31.
Muhakanizi instead has advised his colleague Kumumanya that should the status of the sacked employees remain as of May 24, he will be required to nominate other officers to replace them.
Muhakanizi in a letter he wrote On March 16, 2018, The Ministry of Finance directed the Local Government ministry to sack 61 district chief administrative officers (CAOs) and municipal council Town Clerks for failing to submit accountability for budget funds as required by the law.
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