Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi and Janet Kataha Museveni, the minister for Karamoja Affairs have failed to appear before the Public Accounts committee.
The duo was expected to appear Wednesday morning to explain their role in the loss over 50 billion shillings in the Office of the Prime Minister.
Paul Mwiru, the vice chairperson of the Public Accounts Committee however, says that the ministers requested the committee to reschedule them for another day.
According to the letters, the first lady explained that she wouldn’t be able to appear today because of her earlier scheduled programs which she couldn’t adjust at such short notice.
She however, said that she is willing and able to meet the committee at any other date after the 15th of February 2013. The letter signed by Irene Kisaka, the Permanent Secretary Karamoja Affairs also asks the committee to write to the first Lady the specific issues they want to discuss with her so as to engage in a clear and structured meeting.
The letter from the Prime Minister’s office on the other hand explains that he traveled to Cairo Egypt on 4th and will return to the country after 8thFebruary.
Janet Museveni’s name was brought up during talks last year that PAC held with the Auditor General John Muwanga.
It is alleged that the auditor general told MPs that the first lady used 143.6 million shillings on overseas trips, including nine to Israel in one month. It was also revealed that part of the foreign aid OPM received for northern Uganda and Karamoja was instead spent on buying luxurious vehicles for ministers in the department.
Prime Minister Mbabazi’s involvement was mentioned last year by Permanent Secretary Pius Bigirimana.
Bigirmana told the committee that upon his recommendation to have Geoffrey Kazinda transferred, the Principal accountant maneuvered his way to the Prime Minister’s office who then called for a meeting.
In the meeting, Mbabazi demanded that Bigirimana explains to him why Kazinda should be transferred. The meeting in the Prime Minister’s office involved four commissioners including Gustavo Bwoch Accountant General, Isaac Mpoza, the commissioner treasury services, and Commissioner Semakula among others.
In the same meeting, pleas by Bigirimana to the Prime Minister to have him get some technical staff to support his decision to transfer Kazinda fell on deaf ears as Mbabazi stated that he is the Prime Minister and gave a resounding no.