Members of parliament on the public accounts committee have disagreed on whether the first lady and minister of Karamoja region should appear before the committee to answer auditor’s queries that she used Peace, Recovery and Development Plan (PRDP) funds for Northern Uganda to travel eight times to Israel in one month.
According to the auditor general’s report the First Lady used over143.6 million in travels abroad. She could be questioned when the Public Accounts Committee this week begins with the political leaders inquiring into the multi-billion shilling theft scandal in the Office of the Prime Minister.
Ms. Janet Museveni’s name came up during closed talks PAC members held with the Auditor General John Muwanga. MPs including Bufumbira county MP Eddie Kwizera, Bunyaruguru MP Bejamin Cadet and Ntungamo Municipality Yona Musinguzi say that the first lady should not appear before the committee because she didn’t sign for this money.
On the other hand, Kalungu West MP Joseph Sewungu says the first lady should appear and explain how she got the cash she used to travel.
Others expected to appear before the committee this week will be the Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi who was mentioned in the report to have used some of the money to buy a Mercedes Benz.