The Permanent Secretary and Secretary to the Treasury Keith Muhakanizi has sacked the Permanent secretary to the judiciar, Mr. Kagole Kivumbi. In a letter to the Head of Public Service and Secretary to the Cabinet, Muhakanizi declared Kagole Kivumbi ineligible to serve as Accounting Officer for the new financial year 2019/20.
An Accounting Officer controls and is personally accountable to Parliament for the regularity and propriety for all resources wholly funded through the Consolidated Fund. The Permanent Secretary doubles as the accounting officer for each ministry.
The Public Finance Management Act(2015) 11 (2 )(g ) requires the Secretary to the Treasury to appoint or designate Accounting Officers. Muhakanizi’s letter invariably means that Kagole Kivumbi is sacked. In his letter dated July 1, Muhakanizi states; “The purpose of this letter, therefore, is to forward to you names of ineligible Accounting Officers and advise me of the alternative officer to be appointed as Accounting Officer for the Financial Year 2019/20”.
Kagole’s troubles started after a whistle blower petitioned Parliament on suspected move to embezzle Shs34 billion from the Judiciary. This money was also captured by audit queries in the Auditor General’s report. Kago;e Kivumbi has been before the Public Accounts Committee of Parliament responding to these queries.