89 districts, MPs challenged to be accountable

Clear instructions have been issued to the 89 districts and parliamentarians to ensure accountability in their reports.

Acting Secretary of the Department of Implementation and Rural Development, Aihi Vaki, wants reports and acquittals for Service Improvement Programs, 5 year development plans and non-discretionary funds to precisely show the link between decisions, development plans and implementation and how funds were used in these areas.

This, he says, is the basis of delivering tangible development.

Vaki said it is required by law that these reports and acquittals be submitted.

He made the statement while receiving Rigo district’s non-discretionary report from the Member, Lekwa Gure, and the district administration and finance officers on Thursday.

The acquittal was for the 2016 non-discretionary component paid to the district in August 2017.

“The administration must work extra hard and submit acquittals and reports to us in a timely manner so we can know what you implemented,” challenged Vaki.

The Member for Rigo says this report is one of the many reports that will be compiled and submitted to update all outstanding acquittals and start on a clean slate to demonstrate transparency and accountability of public funds.

“This is the start of the process to clean up all those outstanding acquittals as we move forward,” said Rigo MP Gure.

The district administration acknowledges the importance of submitting this report before further funding can be released to them.

Further to this, Gure gave an insight of the district’s 5 year development plan, which is expected to be launched on the 27th of July.

Vaki challenged Rigo district to distribute funding and project implementation fairly between its 3 local level governments.

(Acting Secretary of the Department of Implementation and Rural Development, Aihi Vaki, left, with Rigo MP Lekwa Gure)

Carolyn Ure