Rwanda Agriculture Board (RAB) officials have accepted responsibility for mismanagement of public funds and negligence of duties apologized for it and committed to correct what has been going wrong over the years.
The apology was made yesterday at the parliamentary buildings as RAB officials appeared before the Parliamentary Public Accounts Committee (PAC) to explain respond to 35 audit queries raised in the 2014/2015 Auditor General report.
The mismanaged programs include mishaps in distribution of fertilizers and selected seeds to farmers at low cost as well as artificial insemination among others.
The Director General of RAB, Dr Gahakwa Daphrose noted; “Responsibilities were not executed properly. That is why the government decided to take the responsibility of distributing seeds and fertilizers from RAB.”
Parliamentarian Kankera Marie Josée observed that poor delivery of services in RAB results from poor coordination between institutions under its management.
“ There is poor coordination among institutions which makes every department to work in isolation with little time for planning In this era of technology, you should have a software bringing together all departments of RAB especially in accounting,” she said.
The 2014/2015 Auditor General report indicated that RAB owes Rwf 114 million to various institutions.
Other malpractices cited by the Auditor General include offering tenders without proper procurement processes where over Rwf 800 million was spent and dilapidated RAB infrastructures across the country. RAB has an annual budget of Rwf 16 billion.