EXCLUSIVE: All OPM Goats Supplied to Karamoja Died

EXCLUSIVE: All OPM Goats Supplied to Karamoja Died

Summary:

  • MPs reveal that all goats supplied to Karamoja by the Office of the Prime Minister have died, causing a financial loss of over Shs19 billion. Concerns over mismanagement of funds and delayed distribution of resources are raised, highlighting the need for accountability in government spending.

KAMPALA, (Examiner) – Members of the Public Accounts Committee of Parliament (PAC) have disclosed a staggering financial loss of over Shs19 billion incurred due to the procurement of goats for Karamoja, all of which have perished.

During a session where officials from the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) were summoned to address audit queries from the Financial Year 2022/2023, the grave mismanagement of funds and resources came to light.

In the allocated budget of Shs39 billion for goat procurement aimed at uplifting the livelihoods of the Karamoja people, a total of Shs25 billion was spent to acquire 73,900 goats, with the intention of distributing 16 goats per beneficiary.

Shockingly, an audit conducted by the Auditor General revealed that out of 107 sampled beneficiaries, a total of 1,310 goats worth Shs472 million were accounted for.

Expressing dismay, a member of Parliament representing Karamoja lamented that not only did the goats perish, but some were also stolen, failing to fulfill the government’s objective of improving the region’s livelihood.

The MPs on the Public Accounts Committee have leveled accusations against the interdicted undersecretary of the OPM, holding them responsible for the significant financial loss amounting to billions of shillings.

Furthermore, the committee raised concerns over the delayed distribution of 35,164 iron sheets meant for various regions, including Karamoja, demanding accountability for the allocated funds of Shs8 billion earmarked for this purpose.

In a poignant moment, the PAC chairperson criticized the OPM for withholding Shs29 billion meant for compensating veterans, emphasizing the urgency of attending to their needs rather than letting the funds remain idle in bank accounts.

Responding to queries, the Permanent Secretary in OPM pledged to furnish the committee with bank statements, indicating a willingness to cooperate in uncovering the truth behind the financial mismanagement.



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