PAC Queries Immigration Boss Over Lack of Strategic Plan

Godfrey Sasagah Wazira, the director Immigration and Citizenship Control has come under fire from the Public Accounts Committee over the absence of a Strategic Plan for his directorate. 

The Auditor General’s Report of 2010/2011 noted that the directorate was working without clearly defined strategic objectives following the expiry of the strategic plan.

The report noted that it is good practice for every entity to operate with the guidance of a strategic plan which prescribes the vision, mission and strategic objectives.  Sasagah explained to the committee that they were delayed by the procurement process to draft another strategic plan. He however, said they are working with the Justice, Law and Order Sector to handle the process of developing the strategic plan.

Kassiano Wadri, the PAV chairperson of PAC questioned what Commissioners and Heads of Departments in the Immigration directorate are doing to come up with what needs to be implemented in the next three or five years before getting a planner.

According to Kassiano, the planner is supposed to capture the views coming from the commissioners and heads of departments saying the immigration does not need a consultant to point out issues to be included in the strategic plan.

Jack Wamai Wamanga, the Mbale Municipality MP questioned why commissioners in the immigration office cannot sit down and plan for the department without paying large sums of money to a consultant.  Margret Kibojana, the Ibanda District Woman MP wondered how the immigration directorate can work day in and day out in obscurity without a vision or mission for the directorate.

Sasagah noted that the directorate has a vision and mission but that they have failed to concretize the process since their structure does not have anybody in charge of ICT and many other departments. He noted that all immigration development budgets have been coming from JLOs for and that government only looks at release for wage and recurrent expenditure.

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