FAST TRACK ACCOUNTABILITY RECOMMENDATIONS SPEAKER DEMANDS

The speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga is urging the government to fast track its responses to recommendations of accountability committees.

Kadaga, who presided over the launch of a handbook for financial accountability committees today, says that the government has sometimes not even presented its responses to the reports which are termed as a treasury memorandum.

The speaker sad that even if the government presented one accountability during the tenth parliament after about four years, it is not current and yet the public wants parliament to follow up on its recommendations.

Parliament’s rules of procedure expect the government through the finance minister to submit a treasury memorandum to parliament on actions six months after the committee report was adopted.

The handbook is intended to guide the operations of Public Accounts committee, Commissions, Statutory Authorities and State Enterprise and Local Government accounts.
On behalf of the development partners including the United States Agency for Development (USAID) and the UK’s Development for International Development (DFID), Eva Matsiko pledged more support.

The parliamentary commission receives about 5 billion shillings annually from donors to build capacity of its committees including the accountability committees and also office of the shadow cabinet.

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