The four accountability committees of parliament are jointly convening in a training designed to equip their members with knowledge and skills on unearthing abuse of taxpayers’ money.
The committees comprising of 140 Members of Parliament include the Public Accounts Committee (PAC), the Committee on Commissions Statutory Authorities and State Enterprises (COSASE), the Local Government Accounts Committee and the Government Assurances Committee.
The training now underway at Speke Resort Munyonyo is conducted by foreign experts from the Centre for Parliamentary Studies in Canada, Office of the Auditor General and Ministry of Finance. It seeks to equip MPs with techniques on avoiding traps set by corruption rackets and syndicates and how to conduct investigations.
Parliament’s Director of Communication Chris Obore, said that the training will also equip MPs with accountability skills to enable them effectively watch over taxpayers’ money.
“There are corrupt forces that want to influence the work of these committees. That’s why members of these committees are being prepared to resist. You cannot be a watchdog and you do not have integrity”, Obore said.
Reagan Okumu, the chairperson of the Local Government Accounts committee said that they expect the Auditor General to come out comprehensively and explain to the MPs on the Audit Act and simplify audit terminologies among others.