Accountability committees of Parliament will now scrutinise the Auditor General’s Report on the Treasury Memoranda, moving away from the previous procedure which entailed submission of the report to the Office of the Speaker.
This means that the Report on the Treasury Memoranda, a report made to Parliament by the Executive highlighting the actions it has taken on recommendations made in reports passed and adopted by Parliament will now be tabled in Parliament and referred to the relevant accountability committees.
Deputy Speaker, Thomas Tayebwa announced the development during the plenary sitting on Tuesday, 31 October 2023.
Tayebwa said he chaired a meeting attended by the representative from the Office of the Auditor General, Chairperson, Committee on Rules and Privileges and Parliament’s technical staff, and it was discovered that it was necessary to scrutinise the Auditor General’s Report on the Treasury Memoranda to complete the audit cycle.
“We have resolved that the Report of the Auditor General on the Treasury Memoranda should be tabled on the Floor of Parliament, not submitted to Parliament. Things are done here in plenary in the open, not in offices and then the accountability committees should look through and see whether indeed their recommendations were handled and if they were not, then we can get a mechanism in ensuring that these matters are followed up,” Tayebwa said.
He said that the decision was welcomed by the Auditor General, adding that the process will tackle the challenge of recurrent accountability queries.
Hon. Macho argued that the new procedure will support chairpersons of accountability committees to work effectively
According to Tayebwa, Rule 221 of the Rules of Procedure refers the Report on the Treasury Memoranda to the Auditor General for management.
“I had to spend the weekend to dig deep into the Hansard, seeing previously how all these have been handled and I could not get any precedent,” he said.
Tayebwa added that more reforms on accountability committees will be made, arguing that many gaps have been identified.
“For example, each chairperson determines how they process the reports of the Auditor General, if we got the audit handbook of Parliament and make it an appendix to the Rules of Procedure, then the chairpersons will have to follow that. We are going to see a way of improving so that we have reports that are substantive,” he said.
The Minister of State for Finance in Charge of General Duties, Hon. Henry Musasizi, said the development is a step in the right direction.
Hon. Geofrey Macho, (Indep. Busia Municipality) said the development will assist the chairpersons of accountability committees work effectively and deliver on time