KAMPALA – The Parliamentary Public Accounts Committee (PAC) on Tuesday, directed the Criminal Investigations Directorate of Police to investigate circumstances under which Kyambogo University spent over and above the allocated funds.
Led by the University Secretary Charles Okello, the Kyambogo University officials were tasked to explain the 2016/2017 Auditor General report findings that indicated that the University incurred excess expenditure of UGX6.6 billion without seeking for authorization from the Secretary to Treasury as required in the Public Finance and Management Act 2015.
During the scrutiny of the financial statements of the University, the Committee realized that Kyambogo University officials had submitted false final expenditures with omissions of the said expenditure, prompting the Committee to call on the Criminal Investigators to scrutinise the documents further.
The University Secretary Okello pleaded with the committee to give the University more time and address the omissions and went further to blame the former University Secretary Patrick Madaya of the questionable excess expenditures.
According to the documents availed to the Committee, UGX1.8Bn of the extra expenditure was spent on contraction projects, UGX1Bn spent on NSSF, UGX1Bn on goods and service including feeding and UGX1Bn was spent on exams.
Kyambogo University told the Committee that the excess expenditure came from inadequate funding to the university where they face spending pressures by the students who always threaten the University top leadership with strikes if their needs are not attended to.
However, the explanation was quashed by the Vice-Chairperson PAC, Okin Ojara who tasked the CID Police team to go to Kyambogo University and investigate the unauthorized excess spending by the officials and examine whether even the extra expenditures from the nontax revenue whose collection wasn’t remitted to the consolidated fund as required by the law.
Hon James Waluswaka (Bunyole West) asked for value for money Audit of Kyambogo University on the projects to establish whether their funds are properly accounted for.