The Tropical Institute Of Development Innovations (TRIDI) denied having any hand in the ongoing Parliamentary Accounts Committee (PAC) against science and technology Minister Dr. Monica Musenero.
The committee is investigating the failure to present accountability by the Minister on the Covid-19 funds, following the Auditor General’s Report which pointed out several issues.
Trumpet news Website however in a misleading story alleged that TRIDI has a direct influence on PAC’s investigations on Covid-19 expenditures.
The same website also alleged that TRIDI’s Executive director, Dr. Clet Wandui Masiga comes from the same village as MP Budadiri West, Hon.Nathan Nandala Mafabi and that is why the minister for Science, Technology, and Innovation is being investigated on COVID-19 funds.
“It is against this background that TRIDI is disassociating itself from all allegations made,” said Grae Awor the TRIDI spokesperson in a statement.
TRIDI, she said has a Memorandum of Understanding with the government of Uganda which clearly states the roles and Mandates of the Auditor General on projects funded by the Government of Uganda.
“It is brought to your understanding that TRIDI has been receiving funding from the government since 2017 and has been submitting all accountabilities to the Office of the Auditor General. Therefore, TRIDI has no business and influence in what the Office of the Auditor General does with the reports,” she added.
Since TRIDI started receiving funds from the government, each year, the Auditor General audits government funds and it is the office of the Auditor General who knows what to do with Audit reports.
TRIDI would also like to clarify that its Executive Director Masiga does not come from the same village as Hon Nathan Mafabi as alleged by Trumpet News.
It must be clearly ascertained that Dr. Masiga comes from the Bulambuli district while Hon. Mafabi comes from the Sironko district despite the fact that these two districts are all located in Bugisu. While the two know each other, the PAC business has nothing to do with TRIDI and its Executive Director MASIGA.
TRIDI has since taken a strong stand against having an influence on the decision of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) and has no mandate to influence any investigation ongoing something which was alleged by the same website.
On Political affiliations, Masiga subscribes to the National Resistance Movement (NRM) party while Hon. Mafabi subscribes to FDC.
Therefore, TRIDI as an independent Institution would like to disassociate itself from the allegations made on Trumpet News Website, Twitter and has no involvement in PAC’s ongoing investigations on the Minister of Science, Technology and Innovations Dr.Monica Musenero, or any other institution or person.
TRIDI is the leading implementer of the Sericulture project in Uganda and envisions increased industrialization and export development through the sustainable adoption of Sericulture technologies and Innovations in Uganda.
In November of 2021, parliament selects five-member committed to probing claims of misusing the shs31billions the government gave to the Ministry of Science and Technology under Minister Dr. Monica Musenero.
The committee was led by Hon Yona Musinguzi the Ntungamo lawmaker, who confirmed to parliament that it’s Dr. Musenero Misused shs31Billions.