- The Shs 825 million that has been unutilized was meant for paying the gratuity of pensioners
- The CAO says it is normal for to transfer but its only approved by the appointing authority
- The Councillors say there is need to have more supervision on the CAO in order to avert such scenario this financial year
By Elema Robert
Yumbe- Yumbe district local government council has come up with a recommendation demanding the transfer of Mr David Lubuuka, the Accounting officer for the district.
The heated debate on Friday on the transfer of the CAO arose from the Shs 825million for 2017/2018 that was unutilized but returned to the central government.
The mover of the motion on the transfer of the CAO, Mr Alli Drasi the councilor for Kululu Sub-county said the return of the money showed that Yumbe district don’t have capacity to consume such billions of money yet there was a lot activity not implemented.
He said a lot of requisition files have been cut off in the CAO’s office which means it had been a deliberate move by the CAO. “We have been insisting that procurement should be done timely and government has clear policies on procurement but you will find that CAO delayed procurement at the extent that funds sent by the central government accumulate without being used,” he said.
He said the technical staff fear approaching CAO for requisitions because they have been held hostage due to rigidity and bad style of leadership in administration.
Mr Toah Sebbi, the councillor representing Yumbe town council said if CAO has failed to manage Shs 36bn for last financial year and the same scenario will happen this year because the budget has risen to Shs 55.8 bn.
“We don’t want CAO to touch money for 2018/2019 financial year because he has no capacity to manage such billions of monies. We are anticipating danger but if he is retained, we shall as chairpersons and the various members of the committee suspend our activities up to the council,” he said.
Mr Haruna Alamiga the councillor for Kochi Sub County said: ” The CAO can’t uphold the approved budget of a legitimate government of Yumbe which had authority but CAO took his own authority to appropriate funds that resulted into return of funds. We have given CAO an ultimatum of one week to finalize otherwise the council will take appropriate action when the permanent secretary responds negatively”.
Mr David Lubuuka the Chief Administrative Officer while responding on the return money said the big chunk of money that was unspent was for gratuity and pensions whose files were not cleared by the central government.
“I don’t want to spoil my career in spending money without being authorized. Clearance of the money for the gratuity and pensions is done at the centre not at the district but if the councillors had sought for some explanations, their doubts could have been cleared before I left for Kampala. I want to assure the members of the council that I never ran away as they assumed but I went for some official duty in Kampala,” he said.
On the issue of transfer, he said it is normal to transfer Accounting officers but it is not the responsibility of the council to transfer them. He added that many districts returned money meant for gratuity and pensions but said people shouldn’t worry about it because the money will be send back to the district.