Members of Parliament have put Uganda’s missions abroad on the spotlight over their failure to remit funds collected from the sale Visas and rental fees of the country’s properties abroad to the consolidated fund.
The MPs says officials in these missions bank the collected funds from the Non Tax Revenue but that these funds do not reflect at the consolidated fund.
Angelina Osege, the Soroti District Woman, who also Chairs the Parliamentary Public Accounts Committee said on Thursday that there have been many anomalies detected at the Uganda mission in Nairobi where by 276 million shillings was collected and that there are no receipts acknowledging funds from the people from whom the Non Tax Revenue is collected.
While interfacing with the Ministry of Finance officials led by the Secretary to Treasury, Keith Muhakanizi, MPs who included that for Ntungamo Municipality, Gerald Karuhanga and Jessica Ababiku of Adjuman district questioned the Accountant General, Lawrence Semakula and Muhakanizi, over their non action yet money is being lost in Uganda’s missions abroad.
Later Semakula admitted that there is an anomaly and apologized before saying the they are going to ensure it is rectified.
“Actually as we speak, the ministry has directed the all accounting officers to encourage paying of visas through E-visa payment so as the fund is reflected to the consolidated fund directly. This is already a step towards streamlining these issues and I believe we shall rectify it,” he said.