By Mirembe Martina
According to a new audit, the army has once bought a saucepan for sh2 million and bought a gas cooker worth sh8 million.
A Parliament committee carrying out a probing suspected corruption in the military has unearthed evidences of corruption in the army. The Public Accounts Committee refused explanations from Defence ministry officials over the controversial purchases. The buys were captured in an Auditor General report which is under consideration in the House.
According to the report, the officers bought a saucepan for Shs1.8 million yet at market price, the ministry would have paid about Shs150,000 for the same item. In the same way, a gas cooker whose cost was estimated at about Shs1m was bought at Shs7.7million.
The Auditor General called these “abnormal prices” for the items which were reportedly supplied by M/s Jimmex Ltd, a private company, in the financial year 2010/11.
Ms Edith Buturo, the stand-in accounting officer at Defence, attributed the prices to a “war situation” but the explantion was rejected by PAC and demanded she provides a list of officers involved in the transaction.
Defence officials were appearing before the committee for a second day running to answer audit queries for the years 2010/11 and 2011/12.