PAC to summon ten institutions, districts over OAG queries

On 24 September 2017 at 03:29

The chairperson of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) MP Juvenal Nkusi, has said that starting from Monday 25th, the committee will start getting explanations from heads of ten institutions and 12 districts that were identified by the Office of the Auditor General (OAG) to be mired in massive mismanagement of government resources in last fiscal year.

The OAG report released 3rd May 2017 shows that in the fiscal year that ended 30th July 2016, a total of Rwf1.6 billion was mismanaged,

Rwf590 million used without proper accountability and Rwf906million out-rightly embezzled.

A total of Rwf1.5 billion was not recovered.

Among heads of institutions that will appear before PAC are; Water and Sanitation Corporation (WASAC), Energy Development Corporation Ltd (EDCL), Energy Utilities Corporation Ltd (EUCL), Rwanda Transport Development Agency (RTDA), Rwanda Development Board (RDB), University of Rwanda (UR), Rwanda Education Board (REB), Workforce Development Authority (WDA), Rwanda Biomedical Center (RBC) and Rwanda Agricultural Board (RAB)

"Those are institutions that we shall invite to come here, but there are others which also have qualified audit reports that will explain to the committee through written details," Nkusi said.

Districts that will appear before PAC include Gatsibo, Gasabo, Bugesera, Rusizi, Ngororero, Nyabihu, Rulindo, Gicumbi, Nyamagabe, Ruhango Rutsiro and Nyarugenge.

Most of the districts have issues with wrongful awarding and poor management of public tenders and poor supervision of infrastructure development projects.

The OAG report revealed that a total of 98 contracts worth Rwf 95.6 billion in 2016 were not fully executed as they were abandoned by tender winners leaving a big toll of financial losses to the government.

Activities for 75 contracts were delayed while 23 contractors abandoned the projects. Some of the implementers of the abandoned projects had already been paid colossal sums of money.