Saturday, February 28, 2015

MY #UGANDAN FRIENDS, FAMILY AND FOLLOWERS KEEP ME WORKING. THANK YOU.

I was banned from some FB pages because of my Social Justice views.  I looked behind my back and said, "you gonna miss me when I am gone".  Many thanks to all the people who saw in 2013 that I had value for #Uganda.  For God and My Country.  I live and work for you to be informed and educated using everything I can access.  You are the reason I do 24 by 7 every day that ends in Y.  Some of you inbox me with thanks and I really appreciate that.  It is fuel for the next hour or so.  You know, all my information is Public (FB profile and even use Google) and I am here any time.  We have a lot of work to do and it all starts with all of us, everyone of us.  #FeelingInspiredForUganda.

For God and My Country
Moncton, Canada
Born and Raised in Uganda (Bududa District)
Martha Leah Zesaguli (Nangalama)
BELIEVE! I wept because I had no shoes until I saw a man who had no feet." Ancient Persian saying  I am a Social Justice and Human Rights Activist. Find me on Face Book.  All my opinions are mine and do not reflect on any employer or organisation. 
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Friday, February 27, 2015

Chief Inspector of Police Closes Down a Muslem School in #Uganda

One day you will remember my words.  It is underhanded for the police to close a religious school.  Given all the turmoil in the world around Muslims.

Schools are being closed and demolished in Uganda daily.  With the Muslim factor,  you just invited in extremists.  I hope you are ready for the blood bath.

Uganda has always had all the religions in peace.  You think the Muslims do not mourn for their clerics who have been gunned down?  Then you accuse them of  being affiliated with Al Qaeda.  Are you insane?

Many of us grew up with Muslims in Uganda.  In fact I learned to write Arabic before learning how to write English numerals.  You have indeed set up a situation for a caliphate.  For many years you have taken money from the west to keep away terrorists.  Now with your 10 million unemployed youth whom you constantly accuse of being terrorist affiliated, you are done for.  Enjoy the after math.

The only thing is Uganda for sure will never become a blood bath.  Stop murdering our clerics.  You closed one school down and do not even think of closing another one because then you will see the anger of the people come straight force into your faces.

For God and My Country
Moncton, Canada
Born and Raised in Uganda (Bududa District)
Martha Leah Zesaguli (Nangalama)
BELIEVE! I wept because I had no shoes until I saw a man who had no feet." Ancient Persian saying  I am a Social Justice and Human Rights Activist. Find me on Face Book.  All my opinions are mine and do not reflect on any employer or organisation. 
Mobile 506-871-6371

http://nangalama.blogspot.ca/2015/02/chief-inspector-of-police-closes-down.html
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Bugiri- The Inspector General of Police, Gen Kale Kayihura, has closed down a school owned by the Salafi Muslim sect.
Police said they recovered three guns which were buried under the school premises.
Gen Kayihura, who closed the school on Thursday, was accompanied by the Director of Criminal Investigations and Intelligence, Ms Grace Akullo and the Bugiri Resident District Commissioner, Ms Margret Mwanamoiza.
He declared the school a “scene of crime” and police cordoned off the school premises.
“This school cannot continue operating because it’s a scene of crime and the people involved in running it are the ones involved in the entire mess,” he said.
Gen Kayihura said the school director was arrested for interrogation about the presence of the guns in the school compound.
“We understand that he also participated in digging the holes where the guns were recovered from,” Gen Kayihura said.
He said three suspects had been arrested in connection with the recent murders in Busoga sub-region.
The three suspects include the director of Umaru Ali Mukhutari Islamic Centre.
Gen Kayihura said one of the suspects admitted during interrogations that he enjoys killing.
“This man said he enjoyed pumping bullets into the chest of Sheikh Dakturi Muwaya and laughed as he shot,” Gen Kayihura said.
He added that AWCAD Charity Organisation, Uganda, that had been funding the closed school, would also be investigated for possible subversion.
The school had an enrolment of 420 pupils, mainly from Mpigi, Kampala, Buikwe and Jinja districts.
Gen Kayihura instructed the police’s Family and Child Protection Unit to take care of the stranded children who were not immediately picked by their parents after the closure of the school.
“Ensure you provide these children with food and all the other necessities until they are taken away by their parents,” he said.
All the 10 teachers at the school fled. Police said they are looking for them.
http://www.monitor.co.ug/News/National/Kayihura-closes--Muslim--school/-/688334/2637582/-/koav59/-/index.html


NRM HAS BUILT GREAT ROADS IN #UGANDA. TEMUWAKANA

President Museveni has called on leaders in particular and wananchi in general to differentiate between development and wealth. Addressing a public rally this week in Mubende Municipality, He told the rally that the NRM Government has built good roads, hospitals, schools, among others, as part of its commitment towards the development of the people. He said that it was useless to have all the facilities when the people were poor. Museveni said that the Government was fully committed to promoting household income and urged wananchi not to use the excuse of bad roads for not generating household income. He called on them to stop practicing traditional agricultural methods and embark on commercial agriculture. He strongly criticized people who fragment land thereby rendering it uneconomic. The President said that the best method towards maximizing returns from their pieces of land was to divide the income generated from therein and stop the archaic practice of land fragmentation. He informed the people that the NRM Government was committed to promoting household income through the services of UPDF Officers. He introduced the UPDF Officers in charge of promoting household income programme and assured them that the soldiers had demonstrated good performance of the Veterans’ agricultural programme. Mr. Museveni toured the premises of Bagezza SACCO in Mubende Municipality to monitor the progress of the facility which houses a fully-fledged banking facility. He was impressed by the progress in the management of the SACCO. The President also commissioned a block of 12 classrooms and a library at the Church of Uganda founded Kasenyi Secondary School. He called on the students to concentrate on their studies and strive to take care of their health. He pledged a contribution of Shs. 165million towards the purchase of a school bus. The President also toured the construction of Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church where pledged a donation of Shs.200million towards the completion of the Church Construction project. The Parish Priest of Mubende Parish, Rev. Fr. Emmanuel Mwerikande, conducted the President on the tour of the Church. He called on the people of Mubende Town to grow mushrooms, practice weaving and baking and assured them of Government commitment to assist them in those ventures. President Museveni informed the gathering that the Mubende – Kiyuni- Kakumiro- Kibaale –Kagadi road would be constructed.

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For God and My Country
Moncton, Canada
Born and Raised in Uganda (Bududa District)
Martha Leah Zesaguli (Nangalama)
BELIEVE! I wept because I had no shoes until I saw a man who had no feet." Ancient Persian saying  I am a Social Justice and Human Rights Activist. Find me on Face Book.  All my opinions are mine and do not reflect on any employer or organisation. 
Mobile 506-871-6371


WELCOME TO EDUCATION IN #UGANDA, @53 AND @30

Welcome to ‪#‎Uganda‬. Please have a pleasant stay. Many schools in Kampala have been shut down for not being up to standard. Up country, we continue being on standard

For God and My Country
Moncton, Canada
Born and Raised in Uganda (Bududa District)
Martha Leah Zesaguli (Nangalama)
BELIEVE! I wept because I had no shoes until I saw a man who had no feet." Ancient Persian saying  I am a Social Justice and Human Rights Activist. Find me on Face Book.  All my opinions are mine and do not reflect on any employer or organisation. 
Mobile 506-871-6371


INSIDE ADOBE'S INNOVATION KIT - HARVARD BUSINESS REVIEW

Need to unleash innovation in your company? Trying raising an army of Kickboxers.

No, it’s not quite what you think.

Adobe Systems has recently launched a program to drive innovation from within, the Adobe Kickbox. The Kickbox is a small, red cardboard box containing everything an employee needs to generate, prototype, and test a new idea. According to Adobe, the Kickbox is “designed to increase innovator effectiveness, accelerate innovation velocity, and measurably improve innovation outcomes.”

The top of the box features a clever fire alarm image with the words “Pull in Case of Idea” written on it. When you break open the seal, you’ll find instruction cards, a pen, two Post-It note pads, two notebooks, a Starbucks gift card, a bar of chocolate and (mostly importantly) a $1,000 prepaid credit card. The card can be used on anything the employee would like or need without ever having to justify it or fill out an expense report.

The instructions inside the Kickbox take the form of a six-level curriculum that encourages employees to beat each level and “beat the box.” Each level contains exercises and a checklist. The exercises are designed to guide employees from ideation stages to a small-scale test of at least 100 users (the fifth level). The sixth level’s exercise is selling the idea to management. Putting selling to management as the final level is intended to democratize the process of getting new ideas – like many organizations, Adobe feared that its most creative ideas weren’t ever getting tested because they had to be sold to management first, to even be given a budget for prototyping.

As I write about in my book, The Myths of Creativity, many organizations unknowingly stifle innovation by requiring ideas to move up through levels of management before getting any investment. This might control costs, but as research led by Wharton’s Jennifer Mueller suggests, many people have a subtle bias against innovative ideas. Mueller’s team found that people often claim to want new and creative ideas, but when presented with those ideas in an uncertain environment and asked to evaluate them, the more novel ideas often get a lesser rating. Further research also showed that managers and senior leaders especially tend to reject the very ideas customers want. In the follow-up study, Mueller’s team found that when both managers and customers rated the desirability of new product ideas, customers favored the most creative ideas while managers most often rated those ideas as less than desirable because they saw them as unfeasible or not profitable. Both studies shine light on the friction many employees feel when trying to get their ideas implemented.

The idea for Kickbox came when Mark Randall, Vice-President of Creativity for Adobe found that same friction. In an article in Fast Company, Randall explained how he was looking for a way to capture the energy from Silicon Valley-style hackathons into something more tangible and more scaleable. Randall has surveyed employees to figure out what led them to keep their ideas to themselves and found that “convincing management” was the most frequent response. That led Randall to realize there was a better way to spend an innovation budget. Instead of funding the few big ideas getting presented, he could chop up his budget and potentially find the big ideas that often go unpresented. The Kickbox is a way to place thousands of little bets (as Peter Sims calls them). Any employee can request a Kickbox – and managers are prevented from vetoing the request. While employees have to share their results, there is no deadline on when they have to present and no judgment if their Kickbox bet doesn’t pay off. Adobe has even designed a two-day optional instruction course on how to get the most out of their Kickbox experiment.

More than 1,000 Kickboxes have been distributed to employees so far. It’s still too soon to assess the hard numbers results of the Kickbox program, as only a handful of employees have completed the last level and “beat the box.” Out of that handful, Adobe is seeing some promising ideas, one of which led the company to eventually acquire stock photography company Fotolia. However, on the soft side, Adobe claims the program has helped better engage creative employees and attract innovators to join the company. They’ve also made the Kickbox instructions available on their website, so any company can create a kickbox or modify the instructions to make their own.

The brilliance of the Kickbox isn’t that it gives employees a magic box, it’s that it gives them permission. And often, that’s all that required to unbox creativity.

https://hbr.org/2015/02/inside-adobes-innovation-kit

WELCOME TO #UGANDA. PLEASE ENJOY YOUR STAY

May God uphold thee.
Even people who go onto google now days nolonger ask for why/What but how?
Imagine mbu how to go to go to America without avisa?
How to make president M7 collapse? How to get white lady minus putting there money? How do i benefit from abc?, just questions of how?
But we attribute all this to colonisation. If we were not colonised, we could be better. Thats why, never bother yourself answering to awhite man, just say "yah".
Hey, i swear i told you i met amusician called Desire, she was at Justice treating her hair, hidden inside adryer, i asked how about her career, she told me she started in aschool choir, later she joined the church choir, after because her voice was clear, then she fell in love with aman called Seya, former kampala's Lordmayor, he cared for her like ateddyboir, kumbe one of them was aplayer,
so what i did was to ask Desire, that what did you want from the mayor, she replied nawe tonkoya, i just wanted his wire.
If you want to suffer in Kampala become aLordmayor, especially when your serving taxi payers. Lolestest. Anti its a Friday
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BUDUDA LAND SLIDES AND HOW THE OFFICE OF PRIME MINISTER STOLE THE MONEY

HOW DIFFERENT IS THIS FROM THE MONEY STOLEN FOR KARAMOJA? THE RAINS ARE STARTING AGAIN IN MT. ELGON (BUDUDA AREA).  Do not even trick anyone into relocation this time because you also stole the money in Sept 2014 for the relocation.  One day, heaven will rain its fury.
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MPs on the parliamentary committee on presidential affairs have questioned minister for general duties in the office of the Prime Minister Prof. Tarsis Kabwegyere for diverting Sh8bn meant for the purchase of land to resettle Bududa landslide victims in the Mt Elgon region of eastern Uganda.

According to the committee, Parliament approved Sh8bn during the 2013/2014 financial year to purchase land for the resettlement of people hit by disasters in Mt Elgon, however out of the Sh8bn, Sh4.178bn was spent yet no land was procured.

“We shall not allow this, if you know there is a problem, you shouldn’t take advantage of it,” said Peter Ogwang the committee vice chairperson.

The MPs demanded that the Office of the Prime Minister provides them with copies of a letter directing the diversion of the money.

In response however, Kabwegyere who was in company of ten ministers from the Prime Minister’s office, told the committee that despite the release of the funds to procure land, this was never implemented due to the fact that the procurement process was nearing completion.

“Some unsuccessful bidders filed complaints to the PPDA throughout the financial year challenging the process to which the later responded by directing for administrative reviews. Thus the funds couldn’t be utilized for the acquisition of the land as planned.” The minister explained.

Kabwegyere who was representing the Prime Minister further explained that arising out of the civil strife in South Sudan, there was an influx of refugees into Uganda which required emergency response by the relevant departments.

He added that as a result, sh4.178bn was approved by cabinet for use during the emergency adding that a request for funds was submitted to ministry of finance by OPM which was rather advised to utilize part of the sh8bn which had been released for land procurement for the emergency.

“As a result of the emergency activities we got authority from the ministry of finance allowing us to re-allocate the money,” explained Christine Gguwatudde.

She added that the balance of sh3.822bn was used to procure food and non-food relief items after hailstorms that destroyed food crops in the North and Eastern parts of Uganda between the month of May, June and July 2014.

The office of the Prime Minister now wants the committee to approve another sh8bn in the financial year 2014/15 to enable it acquire the said land to accommodate refugees.

Additional Reporting by the New Vision Group.
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Martha Leah Zesaguli (Nangalama)
Moncton, Canada
Born and Raised in Uganda (Bududa District)

http://marketmbale.com/8-billion-bududa-funds-diverted-by-prime-ministers-office/

Thursday, February 26, 2015

#KARAMOJA WASTES RESOURCES, THEIR KIDS BEG AND ASHAME #UGANDA

LET ME SMACK MY HEAD INTO THE CONCRETE WALL. ONE SEC.  THAT FEELS GOOD.  NOW I FEEL AS INTELLIGENT AS THE EU. YEAH, INDEED.

http://nangalama.blogspot.ca/2015/02/karamoja-wastes-resources-their-kids.html
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The Prime Minister Dr Ruhakana Rugunda has reiterated Government commitment to continue supporting the people of Northern Uganda and Karamoja on their development path until the region attains the same level of development as the rest of the country.

Dr Rugunda said after the rehabilitation phase, Northern Uganda and Karamoja had moved to the development phase where the people themselves are defining their visions as Government actively supports them to realize their aspirations.

The Premier made the remarks while officiating at the national closure workshop for the European Union (EU) funded Northern Uganda Agriculture livelihoods recovery programme (ALREP) and Karamoja Livelihoods Programme (KALIP) at the Office of the President Conference hall on Thursday.

He congratulated the people of Northern Uganda and Karamoja regions for embracing peace and development and actively participating in the shaping of their own future through the government programmes like PRDP, ALREP and KALIP.

Both projects had a total funding of about 120 billion shillings for the period 2010 to 2015.

Over the last 4 years, over 70,000 households in Northern Uganda and 30,000 households in Karamoja had directly benefitted from ALREP and KALIP and about 15 percent of the population in Northern Uganda and Karamoja.

“I am also pleased to note that ALREP and KALIP have spent over 90 percent of the budget and the funds were properly accounted for to the full satisfaction of our development partner. This has helped to redeem the image of the Office of the Prime Minister and rebuild the confidence of our Development Partners,” said the Premier thanking EU for the unwavering support to Northern Uganda and Karamoja

The First Lady and Minister for Karamoja Affairs, Janet Museveni thanked the EU for funding KALIP whose interventions had benefitted the people of Karamoja especially in the areas of water for production and human consumption, support to Uganda Police Forces, crop production and improved livestock, in addition to capacity building of local governments.

The EU Ambassador, Kristian Schmidt said he had already signed the national indicative programme for the 11th EDF with the Minister of Finance, Maria Kiwanuka which will pave way for a successor programme to ALREP and KALIP.

He said the successor programme should address issues such as nutrition, land issues, gender based violence and reproductive health among others.

“We believe we should increasingly treat Northern Uganda and Karamoja as fully integrated part of Uganda. We would propose, a single major integrated programme covering 30 districts and 7 million people,” said Schmidt.

The Minister of State for Northern Uganda Rehabilitation, Rebecca Amuge Otengo and her counterpart in charge of Teso Affairs Christine Amongin Aporu also heaped praise on ALREP for transforming the lives of people in Acholi, Lango and Teso sub-regions.

The District Chairperson for Nakapiripirit, John Lorot and his counterpart for Gulu, Martin Ojara Mapinduzi on behalf of the beneficiary local governments thanked Government and EU for the partnership which has benefited their districts.

They also requested for a successor programme to consolidate the achievements registered in Northern Uganda and Karamoja.

The closure workshop was also attended among others by Members of Parliament, District Chairpersons, Resident District Commissioners and Technical staff from both central and local governments.

http://chimpreports.com/eu-wants-special-recovery-programme-for-northern-uganda/
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Key Western donors have suspended aid to Uganda over alleged corruption in the Office of the Prime Minister that is feared to have led to a loss of more than Shs150 billion.

The follows the release to the donors of a draft report by the Auditor-General, Mr John Muwanga, which found that aid from Ireland, Norway, Sweden and Denmark had been transferred to unauthorised accounts. Ireland alone will withhold €17 million (Shs70 billion).

However, contacted for comment in Kampala yesterday, the Permanent Secretary in the Office of the Prime Minister, Mr Pius Bigirimana, said they had not yet received any communication on the suspension of aid by the European donors. “I do not have any information to that effect and thus I cannot comment on the matter.”

The will be a big blow to the people of northern Uganda, who have been benefiting from the Peace Recovery and Development Programme (PRDP). According to the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs, the Auditor-General’s draft report has documented significant financial mismanagement of the PRDP funds. Sweden and Ireland are Uganda’s major donors.

Mr Eamon Gilmore, the Irish Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, said: “The Irish Government will not provide financial support under our development cooperation programme unless it is clear that Irish money is being spent for the purpose for which it was allocated. Pending the satisfactory resolution of this matter, I have instructed that no further aid funding should be provided through Ugandan government systems.”

Sweden’s Aid minister Gunilla Carlsson told Swedish Radio on Thursday: “We’re demanding full clarity now on what happened.” The minister added that Ugandan officials, and possibly politicians, were involved in the embezzlement.

Mr Gilmore said up to Shs66 billion in Irish aid has been put on hold, pending investigations by officials led by the evaluation and audit unit of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. They are here to review the findings of the AG, in close cooperation with other donors.

Probe
Auditors from the UK early this month launched investigations into the alleged embezzlement of funds in the OPM. The Irish team will complement the efforts of the UK group and the Criminal Intelligence and Investigations Directorate in the ongoing investigations.

“I have asked our Ambassador in Kampala to underline to the Ugandan authorities the seriousness with which the Irish Government regards the findings of the Auditor-General and our insistence that the funds are restored without delay,” Mr Gilmore said.

The Irish Department of Foreign Affairs praised the Auditor-General for its report, saying it reflected determination to fight corruption.

The European Union spokesperson in Kampala, Mr Simon Kasyate, told the Saturday Monitor that they were keenly watching the OPM as two of their projects were being implemented.
“We, as the EU are running two specific programmes in the OPM, that is AREP on agriculture and the Karamoja livelihood programme at €15 million each. As far as I know, none has been affected but we are aware of the circumstances in the OPM. We are watching the investigation very keenly since EU has no tolerance for corruption,” Mr Kasyate said
Uganda is one of the biggest recipients of Irish aid - it was due to receive €32m (Shs133 billion) this financial year.

Some Shs70 billion of this is channelled through government, and Shs62 billion through NGOs. The draft report that has sparked donor anger covers the period from July 2011 to July 2012.

Last month, the AG launched an investigation into the financial operations at the OPM, following a Daily Monitor story that revealed rot in the office.

http://www.monitor.co.ug/News/National/Donors-cut-Shs70b-aid-over-OPM-fraud/-/688334/1603888/-/3gpnkkz/-/index.html

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The Permanent Secretary in the Prime Minister’s office, Mr Pius Bigirimana, has told the Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee investigating the corruption in his docket that he caused a “Tsunami” in Public Service and described Ministry of Finance as the “epicentre” of the fraud.

By inviting the Auditor General to carry out a forensic audit, Mr Bigirimana said he “stepped in a plate” his former principal accountant Geoffrey Kazinda and other officials in the Ministry of Finance and Bank of Uganda were using to “eat” donor funds meant for the people of northern Uganda and Karamoja sub-region.

In a written statement to PAC, Mr Bigirimana defended First Lady Janet Museveni on OPM scam and faulted MPs for their failure to appreciate what he called unprompted initiative to uncover high level e-fraud and outright theft orchestrated by a web of money hungry public servants in OPM, other ministries and departments. He said Mr Kazinda took money using the First Lady’s name.

“Nothing was being said about the epicentre where the fraud was initiated and executed, instead it’s Bigirimana who is being punched. If this is the price I have to pay for cleaning Public Service, so be it, but my actions have exposed the mess in government departments and the epicentre of the fraud which is the Treasury,” Mr Bigirimana said.

Mr Bigirimana, who was ordered to re-appear before PAC on Monday over the loss of more than Shs50 billion in aid, said the accusation that he did not execute his duty was caused by lack of “understanding of the nature of the cover-up and conspiracy engaged by a network of officers determined to stay hidden while executing a most despicable pilfering of public funds.”

Mr Bigirimana said in blowing the whistle on the scam in his docket, he caused “a fundamental change” in the fight against corruption, adding that dealing with OPM scandal without tackling the “tap root of corruption” in Ministry of Finance would be treating symptoms.

“The epicentre of this hemorrhage is in the Ministry of Finance, and in particular, the Treasury,” Mr Bigirimana said. “What people see in OPM is just the root fibres; the tap root is in the Ministry of Finance”.

Secretary to the Treasury Chris Kassami and his deputy Keith Muhakanizi have already appeared before PAC and accused the PS of making abnormal withdrawals. Mr Muhakanizi has since sent letters to PAC distancing Ministry of Finance and the Treasury from the “abnormal” cash transactions made by Mr Bigirimana.

But Mr Bigirimana said even after Bank of Uganda (BoU) officials doubted the authenticity of the signatures used to withdraw PRDP funds in the scam; instead of calling him as the accounting officer, they called Mr Kazinda. The Auditor General found that nearly Shs2b in PRDP money was withdrawn from BoU using forged signatures attributed to Mr Bigirimana.

In nine instances, cash amounting to Shs787.1m was drawn on Fridays, putting into question whether activities were to be undertaken on weekends. Mr Bigirimana faults BoU.

Mr Bigirimana said BoU facilitated the fraud when they cleared 61 non-cash payments totaling Shs10.9 billion without verifying with him as the principal signatory yet BoU is by law required to first carry out verification of signatures with the responsible mandated signatory so as to forestall fraud.

“BoU contravened banking regulations when they created non-cash payments devoid of verification of signatures,” Mr Bigirimana said.

When the Deputy Governor Louis Kasekende appeared before PAC recently, he said they were investigating all the officials who were involved in the scam.

ymugerwa@ug.nationmedia.com

http://www.monitor.co.ug/News/National/Bigirimana-blames-OPM-scam-on-Treasury--Bank-of-Uganda/-/688334/1634534/-/5ve923/-/index.html

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The State Minister for Karamoja affairs has described claims that she travelled to Israel nine times as blatant falsehood sold by those who sought to cover up their misdeeds.

Janet Kataha Museveni clarified that she travelled to Israel once in September 2010 to try and look for a lasting solution to the water problem in Karamoja.

Appearing before the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) on Wednesday, Janet wondered how logically possible it could have been for her to travel to Israel nine times in a month.

Janet said this literally translated to more than two times a week simply meaning that she would travel to Isreal, spend a night there, return the following day to Kampala and shuttle back after a day’s rest.

She adds that this blatant falsehood was sold by those who sought to cover up their misdeeds yet they claim to be a nation fighting corruption.

PAC lead counsel Maxwell Akora had asked the minister to explain is she ever travelled to Israel, who was in the delegation and when. The trips allegedly cost 143.6 million shillings in donor funds meant for the rehabilitation of Northern Uganda and Karamoja.

Janet also wondered why the auditing team could not put to strict proof those who used this as a justification for their accountability.

She added that if anybody claimed that she travelled to Israel nine times the auditors could have asked for documents, vouchers of the flight tickets as well as bookings.

Officials from the auditor general’s report explained that when they made the report they noticed that it was a fraudulent transaction, by Geoffrey Kazinda the principal accountant and cashier. In order to explain how the OPM officials perpetuated the fraud, they had to mention the firms they used to get the money and names of ministers among others that is how Janet’s name was mentioned.

In one of the committee meetings to probe the financial impropriety, a cashier mentioned that she got the money and gave it to Kazinda.

The members of Parliament had demanded to know how Janet Museveni as a minister was being facilitated in OPM and whether she would sign for the money to which she kept answering no.

PAC gave the minister’s personal assistant Irene Kawuma until tomorrow to produce the documents showing who and how much was spent on this particular trip. Nine payments worth 125 million shilling were allegedly given to the delegation.

However, Janet Museveni says it is Pius Bigirimana the permanent secretary OPM and not Kaumwa who would know how much was provided. But Kawuma said she would avail the documents.

http://www.redpepper.co.ug/janet-museveni-grilled-denies-israeli-trips/

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Leaked OPM report pins government officials
June 11, 2013 accu From around the web No comments
A leaked report of Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee on the abuse of foreign aid in the Office of the Prime Minister indicates that several senior government officials have been implicated in the scam where more than Shs50 billion was lost.

Among those assigned responsibility for the scam in the 86-page report include the Secretary to the Treasury, Mr Keith Muhakanizi, Accountant General Gustavo Bwoch, Commissioner Treasury Services Isaac Mpoza, outgoing Permanent Secretary in OPM Pius Bigirimana, interdicted accountant in OPM Geoffrey Kazinda and a host of other technocrats in the Finance ministry and Bank of Uganda.

The committee assigns different levels of guilt to the officials named and makes varying recommendations depending on their level of responsibility in the scam, which saw money meant for post-war reconstruction in Northern Uganda and Karamoja sub-regions under the Peace, Recovery and Development Plan (PRDP) misappropriated.

The report to be discussed in Parliament next week, recommends that Mr Bwoch and Mr Mpoza be held responsible for negligence in failing to detect and stop the fraudulent transfer of Shs6.9 billion from the Royal Danish Kingdom and Sweden. The committee also wants the duo held responsible for sanctioning the transfer of the funds.

When asked yesterday, Mr Bwoch said: “I did not handle that money.” But when asked to explain the processes, said he could not comment because he had not seen the report.

The report further recommends that Mr Muhakanizi, who was Deputy Secretary to the Treasury then, be held responsible for causing financial loss by giving open-ended authority to withdraw imprest above the limit set by his former boss Chris Kassami, who has since retired. The committee recommends that CIID investigates the extent of forgery on cash withdrawals in OPM with a view of prosecution of the culprits.

Whereas Mr Muhakanizi did not respond to our calls and text messages yesterday, when he appeared before PAC in November last year, he accused OPM officials of misusing his authority, adding that his letters had nothing to do with the transactions made on the crisis management account used to divert PRDP funds.
On the alleged misuse of Shs11.6 billion from Norwegian support to PRDP, the committee recommends that Mr Bwoch and Mr Bigirimana be held responsible for the diversion of funds. The committee recommends that the PS be held responsible for spending funds that were not appropriated to OPM.

But Mr Bigirimana yesterday refused to take responsibility, saying he was the one who unearthed the scam. “I cannot be held responsible for diversion of PRDP money; the one responsible is the Accountant General who is the ‘priest’ of government accounts. I wrote to him requesting for funds under emergency humanitarian assistance programme and he released the money,” Mr Bigirimana said.

“I am not an angel to know that Mr Bwoch had diverted the money from PDRP. In any case, I did not force him to release the money, he knew what he was doing and as user, I would not know the source of the money. As I have indicated before, my signatures were forged and instead of confirming with me, the people at Bank of Uganda and Treasury were busy calling Kazinda. They hooked Kazinda on IFMs system and went ahead to approve fraudulent transactions behind my back. Treasury was the epicenter of the scam and not Prime Minister’s Office.”

At least Shs50 billion meant for the PRDP is believed to have been stolen in the scam, which has forced five donor nations as well as the European Union and the World Bank to suspend 93 per cent of budget support to Uganda. The donors have also put stringent conditions on government to stop further abuses.
In November last year, the EU ambassador to Uganda announced yesterday that the EU, United Kingdom, the World Bank, Austria and other countries had suspended up to $300 million promised in budget support each year, up to 2013.

Minority report
Meanwhile, two MPs have written a minority report on the scam. Although the main report which is signed by 28 MPs does not implicate any politician, the minority report wants Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi held responsible for taking a car bought using PRDP funds.

The two argue that the Prime Minister should have been aware about the source of Shs1.818 used to buy cars for him and other ministers at OPM. Still on the political front, the committee noted in its report that there was no evidence in the Auditor General’s findings that First Lady Janet Museveni had travelled to Israel nine times in one month. However, they did indicate that OPM advanced Mr Boniface Obbo (deceased), the cashier at OPM a total of Shs125.9m for her alleged travels.

While the committee has largely asked that Mr Kazinda’s role in the scam be investigated, it indicated that failing to meet the interdicted principal accountant made it hard to make definitive recommendations.
Mr Kazinda, who is before the Anti-Corruption, allegedly forged Mr Bigirimana’s signatures to withdraw millions of shillings from government coffers. He is also accused of making a document without authority and unlawful possession of government stores. A judge will this week make known his fate after court assessors proposed that he be released.

SOURCE: www.monitor.co.ug

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The State Minister for Karamoja affairs has described claims that she travelled to Israel nine times as blatant falsehood sold by those who sought to cover up their misdeeds.

Janet Kataha Museveni clarified that she travelled to Israel once in September 2010 to try and look for a lasting solution to the water problem in Karamoja.

Appearing before the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) on Wednesday, Janet wondered how logically possible it could have been for her to travel to Israel nine times in a month.

Janet said this literally translated to more than two times a week simply meaning that she would travel to Isreal, spend a night there, return the following day to Kampala and shuttle back after a day’s rest.

She adds that this blatant falsehood was sold by those who sought to cover up their misdeeds yet they claim to be a nation fighting corruption.

PAC lead counsel Maxwell Akora had asked the minister to explain is she ever travelled to Israel, who was in the delegation and when. The trips allegedly cost 143.6 million shillings in donor funds meant for the rehabilitation of Northern Uganda and Karamoja.

Janet also wondered why the auditing team could not put to strict proof those who used this as a justification for their accountability.

She added that if anybody claimed that she travelled to Israel nine times the auditors could have asked for documents, vouchers of the flight tickets as well as bookings.

Officials from the auditor general’s report explained that when they made the report they noticed that it was a fraudulent transaction, by Geoffrey Kazinda the principal accountant and cashier. In order to explain how the OPM officials perpetuated the fraud, they had to mention the firms they used to get the money and names of ministers among others that is how Janet’s name was mentioned.

In one of the committee meetings to probe the financial impropriety, a cashier mentioned that she got the money and gave it to Kazinda.

The members of Parliament had demanded to know how Janet Museveni as a minister was being facilitated in OPM and whether she would sign for the money to which she kept answering no.

PAC gave the minister’s personal assistant Irene Kawuma until tomorrow to produce the documents showing who and how much was spent on this particular trip. Nine payments worth 125 million shilling were allegedly given to the delegation.

However, Janet Museveni says it is Pius Bigirimana the permanent secretary OPM and not Kaumwa who would know how much was provided. But Kawuma said she would avail the documents.

http://www.redpepper.co.ug/janet-museveni-grilled-denies-israeli-trips/

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The Uganda Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee has summoned Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi and the First Lady who is also the Minister in charge of Karamoja Janet Museveni to explain their role in the mismanagement of Shs 50bn from the Office of the Prime Minister, whose purpose was the rehabilitation of northern Uganda recovering from two decades of war.

According to Paul Mwiru, Jinja East’s Member of Parliament who is also the Vice Chairperson of the Parliamentary Accounts committee, February 6 is the date the two big names are expected to appear before the committee that many politicians dread.

Paul Mwiru adds that the two big shots Mbabazi and Janet Museveni are expected to give their views regarding the accusations against them the inquiry at the Office of the Prime Minister because they are both ministers and the political heads of these ministries who supervised the projects.

Janet on her part is expected to clarify her nine travels to Israel in one month. The first Lady, who is the MP for Ruhaama county and minister for Karamoja Affairs which falls under the OPM, is said to  have used at least Shs 143.6m in donor funds meant for the rehabilitation of Northern Uganda and Karamoja to travel to Israel nine times in one month last year.

The acquisition of Prime Minister Mbabazi’s new Mercedes is questionable and he will be expected definitely to explain how it was acquired.

Pius Bigirimana, the Permanent Secretary in the OPM is alleged to have withdrawn Shs 20.1bn from the Crisis Management Account to purchase new cars for ministers in his office, including a brand new Mercedes Benz for the Prime Minister.

Mbabazi will also explain why he blocked the transfer of the former Principal Account Geoffrey Kazinda, a key suspect in the scam. Kazinda is also expected to appear although there’s a court order barring his appearance.

According to last year’s Auditor General’s report, the first Lady travelled to Israel in November last year.

The appearance before the committee of Kazinda whose health and court hearings have been a matter of debate has divided Members of Parliament considering the court order against it.

The speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga has however ruled that the indicted Kazinda should appear before PAC, although some members of the committee oppose the move.

According to those in support the sub judice rule does not arise since the speaker already ruled on the matter and according to Mwiru,  Kazinda is expected to appear before the committee since he is the principal witness in the whole investigation.

http://www.redpepper.co.ug/pac-summons-mbabazi-janet-over-opm-scam/

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By Steven Candia and Simon Masaba
A number of officials from the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) implicated in the multibillion financial scam have refunded monies they are suspected to have pilfered under the newly introduced plea bargain arrangement.

Sources in the know who New Vision spoke to said over sh230m has so far been recovered from the suspects under the arrangement. About sh50b is said to have been lost in the scam although a latest police document that Saturday Vision has seen puts the funds under investigation at more than sh122b.
The plea bargain is a new jurisprudence in the Uganda legal regime in which a suspect pleads guilty, committing him or herself to certain undertakings in the hope that the plea will mitigate on the sentence. It involves various stakeholders in the matter.
“It is true that some people have made refunds and some money has been recovered,” the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP), Mike Chibita, said when contacted. The monies were deposited on the consolidated fund account.
Bank of Uganda documents that New Vision has seen indicate that the monies were deposited by several officials or through their lawyers on account number 000080148000004 in the bank, largely by electronic funds transfer (EFT) from various city banks.

Chibita in an interview said the arrangement with regard to OPM had been put in place after wide consultations with a number of key stakeholders in the justice law and order sector (JLOS) to ostensibly cater for “small fish in the scam”.

A Police status report on the OPM probe indicates that as of October 6, six convictions had been secured on the matter, nine files were in court, 43 with the DPP, while 59 files had been returned from the DPP. The report further indicates that 165 cases were still under inquiries. It notes that sh 232, 619, 900 had been refunded.
Attempts to get a comment from Cissy Kagaba, the executive director of Anti-Corruption Coalition Uganda on the matter were futile. However, Moses Karatunga, the programme officer, Transparency International, welcomed the move, saying it augurs well for taxpayers’ money.
“If the money has been recovered, however small it may be, it sets a good precedent,” Karatunga said.
Documents available indicate that some of the suspects who have made refunds, partial or complete include Grace Nalumu (principal personnel officer); Mayanja Gonzaga (commissioner in charge peace recovery and development plan); Martin Etyang (assistant commissioner for Karamoja programmes); Patricia Agaba Ruhinda ( senior assistant secretary in the finance department) and Monica Kalemba (under secretary). Some of the officials already have suits in court.
Although the arrangement is meant for perceived ‘small fish’, some of the officials, according to documents have refunded sums well over sh100m. Among those who have refunded money are Agaba, who as of September 2014 had paid sh109m in several instalments through several EFT transactions from Housing Finance, starting April this year.
The money, according to prosecution, was purportedly spent on the workshop held at Rider Hotel in Seeta, Mukono, for the district leaders implementing the Luwero/Rwenzori programme and yet such a workshop never took place.
According to documents, Gonzaga has so far refunded sh18m; Etyang sh9m; Kalemba sh23m and Nalumu sh20m. Under the arrangement, the suspects are first required to plead guilty and make good the loss, before appearing before the judge with discretionary powers to either reduce the counts, among others.
“The court will decide, but this definitely mitigates on the part of the suspect,” Chibita says.
Grace Akullo, the director criminal investigations and intelligence directorate (CIID), which has been at the forefront of investigating the probe, says she is aware about the development. “But this does not exonerate the suspects totally. In fact it even confirms their guilt.”

At least sh50b meant for the Peace, Recovery and Development Plan is believed to have been stolen in the scam, which has forced five donor nations as well as the European Union (EU) and the World Bank to suspend a huge percent of budget support to Uganda. The donors also put stringent conditions on the Government to stop further abuses.
In November last year, the EU ambassador to Uganda announced that the EU, United Kingdom, World Bank, Austria and other countries had suspended up to $300m (about sh750b) promised in budget support each year, up to 2013.
The scam came to the fore in 2012, highlighting gross mismanagement of funds in the OPM. The allegations included among others embezzlement of funds, use of personal accounts for implementation of activities, diversion of funds and unaccounted for funds. The allegations confirmed in a value for money (VFM) audit by the Auditor General (AG) also kicked up a separate probe by parliament.
The audit report by the AG into the loss in the OPM blamed the mess on internal control weaknesses in the treasury, citing collusion by officials in the ministry, the finance ministry and Bank of Uganda. The probe found that officials in the three institutions exploited the weaknesses, which led to the loss of billions through irregular money transfers.
The weaknesses the audit identified include the use of generic passwords by officials in the finance ministry, minimal and irregular supervision by the Bank of Uganda, lack of involvement of internal audits in the Treasury and an absence of closed circuit TV cameras.
In the report, the Auditor General called for investigations to be extended to the implicated private companies, staff personal accounts, districts and banks, with a view of recovering the funds and prosecuting the staff involved.
The audit also established that over the period of two financial years between July 1, 2010 and June 30, 2012, the principal accountant in the OPM, Geoffrey Kazinda, fraudulently approved invoices amounting to over sh16.2b.
Already serving a five-year jail sentence, Kazinda faces 69 new charges in connection with theft of donor aid meant for northern Uganda and Karamoja. Kazinda is charged alongside former finance ministry officials.http://www.newvision.co.ug/news/661098-opm-officials-refund-scam-cash.html

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