FRAUD! Over Shs 15 Billion ‘Stolen’ in NIRA Pupil, Student Registration Exercise
MORE BILLIONS LOST: Ugandan tax payers lost over Shs 15bn to National Identification and Registration Authority (Nira) officials in an exercise to register learners in 2017.
A report by the auditor general into how the funds were spent reveals theft, over pricing, irregular procurement and payment of money for the project.
The mass registration targeted learners between the age of five and 16.
The exercise was intended to help issue these children with national identity cards — and help the education ministry know the number of learners in schools.
PART OF THE MONEY LOST IN NIRA REGISTRATION OF FUNDS
But the auditor general report into the project’s funds now reveals loss of funds.
The auditor general’s report reveals a loss of Shs 8.8bn in money paid to facilitate salaried Nira officials.
Nira was unable to account for the money it paid to its officials as facilitation.
HUGE CASH ADVANCES
The auditor general also faults Nira for issuing out huge cash advances to individual accounts.
The money either lost or irregularly handed amounts to Shs 2.2bn.
Nira paid the money in question to its staff and other personal accounts.
For example, the report reads, one officer Darius Turyahikayo received a total of UGX 489, 410,000 in cash from the accountant.
Also, about Shs 1.4bn was deposited on the accountant personal account between May and June 2017.
BLOATED LAPTOP PRICES, LOW QUALITY BATTERIES
Nira also made tax payers lose Shs 2.7bn by over pricing 2,000 laptops and 6,000 batteries.
The auditor general faults Nira for delivering only 350 batteries.
Tax payers footed the entire procurement bill of Shs 8bn on June 30, 2017.
This was “three days after contract signature before any delivery was done”.
In other words, contrary to the contract terms, Nira paid suppliers before they delivered the laptops and batteries.
The auditor general also pins Nira for “failure to follow the original specifications of the laptop computers” and “wasteful procurement of laptops and batteries”.