ARUA. Yumbe district officials led by the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) on Wednesday failed to convince committee members on the Public Accounts Committee of local government on queries raised by the Auditor General's report of 2018/19 financial year.
The officials led by the CAO Mr Silimani Jalwiny was appearing before one of the subcommittees led by the Agago woman MP Ms Franka Akello sitting at Arua nurse training school.
At some point, the acting chief financial officer (CFO) Mr Amin M.G Clay was forced to take an oath as the committee members deemed that they were being denied facts.
The committee was particularly concerned about how unspent balances of shs2.5 billion was not remitted back at the end of the financial as stipulated by the law.
But Amin disputed the amount saying the money was 183 million an explanation the committed rejected, the query was left to stand as the officials were given more time to produce evidence.
Another query raised in the auditor generals’ report was the delayed disbursement of funds to groups amounting to shs358 million.
But the CAO responded that the delay was caused by a failure by the accountant general to give supplier numbers to the group, an explanation members said was not backed by evidence.
“Yumbe I think you are the worst district in West Nile, every query has stood because of laxity and everything you are giving us as evidence is fake”, Akello said.
Officials also failed to explain why they delayed to remit shs114 million to lower local governments to enable them to perform their duties though they collected the money.
Muhanguzi county Member of Parliament Mr Daniel Muheirwe attributed the accountability problems in the district to the lack of a substantive chief financial officer as Amin admitted that he had been in acting position for three years as opposed to the six months.
But the committee failed short of making the officials to refund all the unaccounted for monies though they have now been direct to follow the committee with right accountability to Kampala in a fortnight.
The committee is in Arua till Friday this week hearing responses arising from queries raised in the auditor general’s report of 2017/18.