The Ministry of Finance Planning and Economic Development is due to release funds amounting to 36,016,824,497/= to the 8 districts and 2 municipalities in Teso. In a circular dated 15th July and addressed to all accounting officers, the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Finance Planning and Economic Development provides a detailed allocation for quarter one of FY 2016/17 expenditure limits. According to the PS, the expenditure limits are based on budgets and work plans submitted to the Ministry by the local governments. In a letter copied to all Resident District Commissioners, District Chairperson and Municipal Mayors, the ministry warns that accounting officers must have accounted for funds of the 4th Quarter of 2015/16 FY by the end of July and that this will be the basis of 2nd quarter releases. The details of the authorized releases are as follows; Soroti-4,235,834,475/=, Kaberamaido-3,840,578,623/=, Katakwi District-5,748,470,830/=, Kumi District-5,115,655,202/=, Amuria District-4,371,468,270/=, Bukedea District-4,017,703,880/=, Serere District- 4,282,569,807/=, Ngora District-2,691,932,065/=, Soroti Municipality-1,561,505,430/= and Kumi Municipality-951,107,915/=. The circular also informs the accounting officers that the Ministry will directly transfer funds to Lower Local Government, Schools and Health units but informs the accounting officers that they are responsible for proper use of the money. The PS directed the accountant General and Commissioner, Financial Management to immediately release funds as per break down.
TAC has analysed this information and in furtherance of its mission to promote public transparency and accountability; has relayed this information to all relevant stakeholders in accountability in the region. TAC is also committed to monitor the use of these resources for purposes of ensuring value for money.
TAC Staff on a sunny morning of 26th June were treated to the warm visit by the Denmark Ambassador, HE. Mogens Pedersen who held a brief meeting with some of the staff led by the PC, Mr. Okiring Paul . The staff were able to share the TAC strategies in fighting corruption and high light some of the major achievements over the past three years with support from the Democratic Governance Facility (DGF). Some of these achievements include collaboration with local leaders both political and technical which has led to a responsive leaders that translates commitments into action and an empowered citizens that demand for accountability and improved services from their leaders. The Ambassador commended TAC for her committed efforts in improving service delivery in the region and particularly in working with her members, other strategic allies and the local governments, in his words, he said that “You guys are doing a tremendous job here and I pledge my continued support to TAC”.
Atim Berna joined the TAC Budget Tracking Committee, a modification of the Grasroots Anticorruption Committee in Kapujan Sub County in Katakwi as part of the demand side network to monitor the delivery of the National Agricutural Advisory Services (NAADS) under the auspices of the Public Financing For Agriculture Project. This 3 year project was implemente in Kapujan and Magoro Sub Counties of Katakwi District with support from Actionaid. TAC mobilized small holder farmers into groups to monitor the delivery of any public funded agricutlure interventions with the aim of improving services. Ms Atim Berna distinguished herself as one of the small holder farmer group leaders in Kapujan. She was an aggressive moblizer, a passionate advocate and zealous person in their work for accountability for small holder farmers. She used a range of approaches like the Actionaid REFLECT methodology to connect her small group to a number of opportunities including the Sub County Budget Conference, credit facilities at the bank and promoting voluntary savings and credit for her group. She soon built a profile as a good leader and was encouraged by her community to stand for elective office as a District Councillor. In the February 2016 election; she emerged victorious and was even assigned additional responsbility in council as a Deputy Speaker. Ms Atim in her post swearing in interview credited TAC for exposing her to public affairs from where her leadership profile and port folio have not only been identified but recognized.
The OC CID attached to Kobuin police post, Ngora district has been re-arrested by the professional standards unit (PSU) for soliciting bribes.
Detective Tadeo Ecodu, will be arraigned today before the Anticorruption court in Kampala over charges of soliciting for bribes from police recruits during the last year’s national police recruitment exercise.
By the time of his first arrest last year, detective Ecodu was attached to Ngora Central Police station.
The earlier arrest was carried out after several youth he had solicited money from reported their ordeal to TAC monitors after his failure to guarantee them slots in the police force during the recruitment exercise as he had earlier promised.
Based on the grievances, the TAC secretariat approached the professional standard unit (PSU), who upon their investigation, arrested and found Detective Ecodu in possession of Ush 300,000 he had solicited from the recruits.
Detective Ecodu, who was temporally released after being detained at Soroti central police station, was promoted and posted to Kobuin police post, where he has been working as OC CID.
It is here where the PSU officers picked up Ecodu on Saturday after the directorate of public prosecution sanctioned his charge sheet for prosecution before the anti corruption court.