Tourism Ministry PS Doreen Katusiime faces arrest over mismanagement of funds

Ms. Doreen Katusiime Permanent Secretary Ministry of Tourism Wildlife & Antiquities (Photo/Courtesy)

Kampala, (UG):- The Parliamentary Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has ordered the arrest of Ms Doreen Katusiime, the permanent secretary of the Ministry of Tourism over the alleged mismanagement of funds.

Katusiime who failed to appear before the committee is accused of refusing to respond to accountability queries raised over the alleged funds misuse and instead sending delegates to appear before the committee on her behalf.

Muwanga Kivumbi (NUP) the chairperson of the committee said Katusiime is fond of dodging summons from parliament’s accountability committees.

“This is a habitual person in terms of dodging Parliament and accountability committees, and I have looked through the file, and because of her behaviour, the committee was forced to consider the report without her appearance, and she is back at it again, same trick, same personality,” the Butambala legislator said, before ordering the parliament’s criminal investigation department to accompany the undersecretary to Katusiime’s home and bring her before the committee.

“Do you know where the accounting officer stays? I am going to give her criminal summons, CID; you accompany the Under Secretary; go to her home and get her here,” Kivumbi ordered.

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The NUP legislator continued to protest the time wastage caused by Katusiime as a result of dodging committee meetings, saying MPs have spared time off recess to come attend committee meetings only to be made to look like fools.

“This business of wasting our time will not be tolerated. That is the way you have been behaving; I will not get you off. There is nothing you are going to echo; you did it deliberately. The MPs were asked to come here; Parliament is in recess, and they are here to do their job, only to be made to look like fools by the actions of one person. I don’t want us to waste our time; you are going to stay here, he said.

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The committee learned that Katusiime took her annual leave a few days before the scheduled meeting with the Parliamentary Accounts Committee.

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