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Health Ministry Fails To Spend Shs3.6bn Yet It Has Shs42bn Domestic Debt!

Uganda’s Ministry of Health failed to spend Shs3.6bn provided for in the 2017/2018 national budget yet it has a huge domestic debt.

This is contained in the Auditor General’s 31st December 2018 Audit report.

 The report indicates that the institution is grappling with domestic arrears amounting to Shs42.59bn.

After the tabling of the report before Parliament today,  the Public Accounts Committee will task Diana Atwine (in featured photo), Permanent Secretary Ministry of Health Ministry and her team to explain how the Ministry would fail to spend the funds despite the dire need of funds in Uganda’s health sector.

The report also faults the Ministry for omitting essential components of works in the improvement of Health Services at Mulago Hospital and the City of Kampala during planning and design review, yet the same project is battling delayed execution of works.

Additionally, the Ministry failed to recover advance payment worth Shs251m and retention worth Shs628m.

The audit report also reveals that the Ministry paid contractors USD.221, 142.63 which is equivalent to Shs823m for unexecuted works.

Further, the Ministry was found to have delayed payment of VAT and IPCs to a tune of USD903, 954.53.

Ministry of Health was also found to have exaggerated rates for whole sum demolitions, with potential of saving Shs80m.

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