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Ministry of Finance unveils new Accounting Officers

The Secretary to the Treasury Ministry of Finance Planning and Economic Development Keith Muhakanizi announced the appointments. (PHOTO/File)

KAMPALA – The ministry of finance, Planning and Economic Development has on June 18 appointed Accounting Officers for the financial year 2019/2020.

In a letter addressed to the clerk to Parliament, the secretary to the treasury Mr. Keith Muhakanizi listed the appointed officers.

“In accordance with Section 11 (2) (g) of the Public Finance Management Act, 2015, please find attached the list of Accounting officers for TY- 2019/2020,” reads the letter in part.

He added that submission of the eligible Accounting Officers for the remaining votes will be made as soon as they have been identified.

The Public Finance Management Act requires the Secretary to the Treasury to provide parliament with the list of accounting officers for different government entities before the beginning of a new financial year.

The offices include Central Government Ministries, agencies, referral Hospitals and health institutions, missions abroad and local government

The Accounting Officers according to the law, carry out the mandate of controlling the regularity and proper use of money appropriated to their ministries, agencies or entities, are responsible for authorizing any commitment and control the resources received, held or disposed of.

These are regularly required by Parliament to offer accountability on behalf of their entities concerning policies, regulations and expenditure of appropriated funds in the budget. Parliament in the coming financial year 2019/2020 appropriated 32 trillion Shillings to different government entities out of the total approved 40.48 trillion Shillings budget.

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