Meeting with National Water and Sewerage Corporation (NWSC)
Discussed in the Committee on Commissions, Statutory Authorities and State Entreprises on December 2nd, 2014
The purpose of the meeting with the corporation was to hear responses to the queries that rose in the Auditor General’s report of 2013, 2012 and 2011.
Hon Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda chaired the meeting and the procession from NWSC was led by the Managing Director Mr. Silver Mugisha. The meeting began with the financial year 2013.
Some of the queries include;
There was delayed evaluation of property, plant and equipment. The operation manual states that the exercise be carried out every three years. Management said it was in the plan and had last carried it out in 2008 because of inadequate financing. They maintained that they had secured funding which will enable them carry out the process.
The report also noted that NWSC did not have a board for six months, from August 2012 to February 2013. The work of the bard was temporarily over seen by Minister Ephraim Kamuntu. The members expressed their concern that even after the board was instituted the chairperson Late William Okecho was suspended. They however heard that the board was in place as the law required.
The Auditor report also recommended that NWSC streamline and review their operation of the internal Audit. This was majorly to safe guard their independency.
The report also noted that NWSC did not implement the fees structure. In addition they irregularly recruited staff contrary to the Human Resource manual of the Corporation. Management told the Committee that at the time of the Audit the board hadn’t approved the structure and the HR manual but since it assumed its power the board approved the structure and manual to which they are conforming.
The audit discovered that of the 80 prime properties owned by the Corporation only four had titles. NWSC assured the committee that the process of getting these titles for the rest of the properties was underway.
During the Audit it was discovered that the Omukama of Bunyoro did not pay for NWSC services. Management reiterated what they told the Auditors office that the Omukama donated the Land on which the installation was and on several occasions when NWSC attempted to collect from the Omukama they had been told to remove the installation. Committee ruled that the matter of Kingdoms is very sensitive and required caution when dealing with.
In years prior to 2013 issues included; non-disposal of assets that were not being used, there were assets not appearing in the fixed assets register. Delayed capitalization of assets.
A major query that arose was that the Ministry of Defense in Luzira hadn’t paid for water in a long time. Management said retrieving the money was a work in progress.
Hon Semmujju thanked the NWSC for turning up for the meeting and also commended the government for clearing its balance to zero. They also applauded the Corporation for their improved performance when providing for water to Ugandans. He brought the meeting an end.