MPs handover Atwine to CID over Shs 6bn unlawful expenditure

PS Diana Atwine (in blue) poses for pictures with paramedics hours after recording statements with police

Ministry of Health permanent secretary, Dr Diana Atwine and undersecretary, Ronald Ssegawa have both recorded statements with the Criminal Investigations Department over the alleged unlawful expenditure of Shs 6 billion.

The duo was handed over to the CID by the public accounts committee chaired by its deputy chairperson, Okin PP Ojara. The committee is scrutinizing the auditor general’s report for the 2016/2017 and 2017/2018 financial years, which queried the mischarge and diversion of public resources.

According to Ojara, although parliament allocates funds according to work plans presented by the respective ministries detailing how it will be spent, Atwine and Ssegawa disbursed money ignoring the purpose for, which it was provided.

According to Ojara, as a committee they are also investigating the possibility that the money could have been swindled. The said money was meant for among other projects the rehabilitation and expansion of Kayunga hospital to include paediatric surgery unit at Shs 2.2 billion.   

Other funds spent outside the budget include Shs 416 million on unsupported payables, Shs 172 million irregularly transferred to an Italian non-governmental organisation and payment of Shs 800 million for unexecuted works. 

The committee also queried an unspent Shs 3.6 billion in the two financial years.


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