Uganda parliamentary committee on tourism takes aim at minister


UGANDA (eTN) – Members of the Uganda parliamentary committee on tourism, trade, and industry have taken aim at the minister, and by proxy at the chairman of Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA), over the forensic audit report hastily done by Ernest & Young. The members of parliament (MPs) took exception to the fact that a private audit firm was contracted by the board, reportedly in conflict with relevant legislation governing procurement, while pointing out that it was the Auditor General’s office, which was to conduct audits of public institutions.

Several MPs were also quoted with comments over throwing the report out altogether, while the media quoted some of them as claiming the sweeping sackings of senior management of UWA was part of a wider scheme to swindle the organization.

MPs also reportedly dismissed the probe committee instituted by the tourism minister, with one member of the committee, under assurance of anonymity, telling this correspondent it was a “Kangaroo court put in place for a pre-determined outcome.” Immediate former board chairman and respected senior member of the legal fraternity, Andrew Kasirye, also appeared before the committee to give his testimony, while several of the sacked management team were also called into attendance to answer questions of MPs.

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