Speaker of Parliament applauds Auditor General on timely reporting
The Speaker of Parliament Rt. Hon Rebecca Kadaga has applauded the Auditor General and his team for reporting regularly and according to statutory obligations.
Rt. Hon Rebecca Kadaga registered her appreciation to the Auditor General for the job well done, while opening the well-attended sensitization of members of accountability committees of Parliament on the key issues raised in the annual audit report of the Auditor General for the Financial year ended 201/17 at Audit House organized by Parliamentary Liaison department.
The Speaker however, decried the level of impunity among public servants and luck of action by the government on the recommendations made by parliament which she said it is deplorable.
Rt. Hon Rebecca Kadaga said government has to take more action starting with the big fish involved in the corruption scandals if the vice is to be stumped out. “..until the big fish is beaten the small fish will continue stealing,” Kadaga remarked.
“We need to see more action from the Executive responding to our recommendations,” she emphasized.
On backlogs, the Speaker pledged total support to the Hon. Members of accountability committees to enable them be more efficient and effective.
“Whatever is possible within my powers I will do so that you are able to do your work,” Rt. Hon Kadaga pledged.
Voluminous annual reports collapsed
The Auditor General Mr. John F.S Muwanga used the same occasion to announce a new development which has now made the annual audit report more simplified.
Mr. John Muwanga reported that he used guidelines developed with consultants to prepared his 2016/17 report and collapsed his annual report into two volumes.
The Auditor General noted that the new development aims at effectively communicate the audit results and responding to the Accountability Committees and other stakeholders concerns, in regard to the size of his annual reports which he has been submitting to Parliament.
Mr. John Muwanga further noted that the report is designed to provide a helicopter view of on the entire audit population by capturing key findings and crosscutting issues without necessarily including all the audit findings from the individual entity audit reports.
Mr. John Muwanga however, guided that all the details of the issues are therefore in the individual entity reports.
On her part, Hon Angelina Osege the Chairperson of the Public Accountability Committee of Parliament thanked the Auditor General for simplifying his audit report and making it more useable to the members of Accountability Committees.