Dr Diana Atwine Accused of Mischarge of Shs 2.2Bn Meant for Children’s Wards

Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health, Dr Diana Atwine appearing before the House committee.

The Parliament Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has handed over the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health, Dr Diana Atwine to the Parliament Criminal Investigation Department (CID) over a mischarge of over Shs 2.2bn.

Dr Atwine had appeared before the committee to respond to a number of queries that were highlighted in the Auditor General’s report of 2017/2018.

The Permanent Secretary together with her Undersecretary, Ronald Ssegawa were handed over to the CID to record statements over mischarge of over Shs 2 billion part of which was meant for construction of paediatric surgery wards in regional referral hospitals.

The committee members faulted Atwine for flouting the Public Finance Management Act which requires that one seeks permission from the Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Finance also Secretary the Treasury before any allocated monies can be diverted for any other use.

The money in question was used for rehabilitation and expansion of Kayunga Hospital. However, this project had not been catered for by government in the budget allocation for the f/y under scrutiny, according to the audit report.

Funds to a tune of Shs 4.8bn had been earmarked for the construction of the paediatric surgery in regional referrals but according to the auditor general’s report, the funds could not be utilized owing to lack of verified payment certificates from some contractors.

The Under Secretary, Ronald Ssegawa admitted to the mistake committed which prompted the Aruu South MP Odonga Otto to move a motion that he should be handed over to the CID for further investigations into the matter.

The chairman of the committee, Okin Ojara ruled to hand over the PS and the Under Secretary to the CID to record a statement for further management.

Dr Atwine later wrote in a tweet attributed the allegations are connected to some people “who are trying to settle their scores”

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