By Martha Nakimuli
The Prime Minister and Leader of Government Business Rt. Hon. Amama Mbabazi says it is regrettable that there has been theft of funds in the Office of the Prime Minister and other government institutions.
Appearing before the Public Accounts Committee of Parliament (PAC) Tuesday to answer queries raised in the Auditor-General’s report on the misuse of funds in the office of the prime minister, Hon. Amama Mbabazi said that there were weaknesses that could have led to this mismanagement.
“Obviously, there is a weakness or weaknesses in these places. It is my responsibility to sort this out as Prime Minister”, he said.
He also informed the committee that government had engaged consultants to provide technical advice aimed at addressing the weaknesses, improve efficiency and address duplication of duties.
Responding to a query about his role, Hon. Amama Mbabazi said that he does not in anyway get directly involved in management of public funds. He added that he did not come to the committee because of any personal issues.
“There is nothing in that report that touches me personally”, he emphasised in reference to the queries in the Auditor-General’s report.
The Public Accounts Committee has been holding investigations into the mismanagement of funds in the Office of the Prime Minister and has interfaced with over 100 witnesses.