Parliament has adopted a motion for the appointment of an independent auditor to audit the accounts of the Office of the Auditor General for the financial years 2021/2022, 2022–2023 and 2023–2024.
In a plenary sitting chaired by Deputy Speaker Anitah Amongi on January 27, 2022, the Finance Committee Chairperson, Keefa Kiwanuka, moved a motion for the appointment of an auditor to study the Auditor General’s books of accounts.
In the motion, Kiwanuka had sought the approval of M/S Kisaka and Company Certified Accountants, who he said had emerged as the best evaluated bidder to provide the services.
He said the bidding underwent procurement processes as per the Public Procurement & Disposal of Public Assets Act where a call for bids was made public for companies to apply and added that the exercise had been approved by the Solicitor General.
Kwania County MP, Tony Ayoo reiterated the need to appoint the auditing company. He stated that an audit of the Office of the Auditor General will improve its performance.
However a section of MPs expressed reservations over the appointment of M/S Kisaka and Company on the grounds that Parliament should not be involved in the approval of individual companies but rather on the principal that the Auditor General be audited.
The State Minister for Finance, Henry Musasizi proposed the idea of allowing the House to adopt the principle of auditing the accounts of the Auditor General’s office and letting the Parliamentary Commission come up with modalities to identify the appropriate auditor to do the job.
Musasizi told the House that the first audits of the Auditor General’s office for the financial years 2018/2019, 2019/2020, and 2020/2021 were conducted by M/S Kisaka and Company Certified Accountants. He proposed that another company be given a chance to do the job.
Kiwanuka objected to the proposal to start the process of procuring an independent audit firm afresh. He noted that the current process, which started in April 2021, had already taken a long time.
Among, emphasized the need for the Parliamentary Commission to ensure that the right and due processes are followed to procure the best audit company for the job.