The scandal currently causing heads to roll in the Prime Minister’s office has not spared Uganda’s number one, President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni.
It is alleged that Shs 6.2 bn was used to fulfill the President’s pending promises to the electorate in eastern Uganda.
President Museveni is the latest high profile individual to be implicated in what has come to be known as the ‘OPM scam’ after the first lady.
The First Lady Janet Museveni was early this month implicated in the scandal when it was alleged that part of the money was diverted to finance her trips to Israel.
Parliament’s public accounts committee which is investigating the mismanagement of funds meant for the recovery of Northern Uganda from two decades of war was told that the money in question was diverted to procure a ferry Museveni promised voters.
President Museveni had promised this ferry to the people of Teso during the past election campaigns.
The Permanent Secretary in the Office Of the Prime Minister who denied knowledge of the funds also apologized over an extra Shs 150 million and Shs 207.9 million that was irregularly paid to Nakaseke District and Akamba Ltd respectively.
Mr. Paul Mwiru, the committee’s deputy chided Office of the Prime Minister’s Permanent secretary Pius Bigirimana for channeling the money to purposes it was not intended for.
The PS defended himself saying a political decision was taken on the matter though he failed to disclose those responsible for making this decision.
Bigirimana was also accused by the committee of masterminding the fraud because he wrote a letter to the Accountant General asking him to release the said funds in Bank of Uganda.
The Office Of the Prime Minister has been under the spotlight after Uganda’s Auditor General carried out a forensic investigation that revealed a cool Shs 50 billion meant the Peace and Recovery Development Programme in Northern Uganda had been mismanaged.
This latest corruption scandal has seen a host of western countries Britain, Ireland, Sweden among others suspend aid to Uganda. International aid forms a part of the country’s budget.