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MPs grill NARO over Shs1.3Bn surplus expenditure


Members of Parliament sitting on the Committee on Commissions, Statutory Authorities, and State Enterprises (COSASE) yesterday grilled officials from the National Agricultural Research Organization (NARO) over the Shs1.3Bn surplus expenditure in FY2021/22.

According to the Auditor General’s report, Parliament allocated Shs107 billion to NARO but the organisation’s accountability reflected expenditure of Shs109 billion.

The committee’s lead counsel and Bwamba County Member of Parliament, Hon. Richard Gaffabusa tasked the NARO leadership to explain the origin of the excess funds.

“We note that you received more money than your approved budget and we find that in your financial statements and statement of appropriation account. Your revised budget is shs107 billion but you got Shs109 billion. You received Shs1.3 billion over and above the approved budget, how was this possible?” Gaffabusa asked.

The Director of Finance at NARO, Julius Mununuzi revealed that the organization’s total budget was Shs110 billion which included non-tax revenue.
“When we receive money from the treasury, non-tax revenue is part of the recurrent budget. At planning, it is separated but on receipt of money from the Treasury, it is fused so there is no money received over and above the budget,” he said.

Gaffabusa however, said that the committee was only interested in the approved budget and questioned why the excess funds were not captured.

“The Shs110 billion includes the non-tax revenue; we are asking you that if the transfers received was Shs109 billion against your approved budget of Shs107 billion, how did you receive this money?” he asked.

Hon. Joyce Acan Okeny (NRM, PWD) tasked NARO to also present accountability for the excess funds.

“They are not showing us what the Shs1.3 billion did. We need to dig out and know what they used the money for,” she said.

NARO’s Internal Auditor, Denis Owor said that errors were made during the reconciliation of the figures and he requested more time to harmonize the figures.

“There could have been errors we did not come across. I beg that we are given time to go back and reconcile these figures,” he said.

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