Some MPs said the Secretariat and Secretary General Liberat Mfumukeko should be held to account for alleged loss of funds.    By Kim Aine



 

The East African Community (EAC) has spoken out on calls by some lawmakers to investigate alleged acts of corruption at the regional body’s secretariat, saying the issues highlighted two years ago for the year ended  30th June 2017 as reported by the Audit Commission were of a “procedural nature rather than financial, and have since then been fully acted upon.”

 In a statement issued Saturday evening, EAC Secretariat said the same Audit Commission “verified the available evidence provided during the audit for the year ended 30th June 2018 (yet to be debated by EALA) and confirmed successful implementation of its recommendation and issued a clean audit report signed on 12th December 2018.”

During its ongoing session of June 2019, the East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) debated on the report from its Committee on Accounts, arising from the report of the EAC Audit Commission on the Audited Financial Statements for the financial year ended 30th June, 2017.

Some MPs said the Secretariat and Secretary General Liberat Mfumukeko should be held to account for alleged loss of funds.   

The Secretariat today said the alleged loss of funds on fixed assets valued at US$829,058 was rather reported by the Audit Commission as “Assets captured in various assets classes in block figures which were not individually identified” in November 2017. 

The Secretariat said it engaged a professional valuer to disaggregate the figures which later on were restated in the financial statements for the year ended 30th June 2018, and the Audit Commission verified and cleared the matter. 

The timing of debate is suspicious considering the unfolding developments in the region.

On July 2, 2019, the East African Court of Justice (EACJ) will make its ruling on the case filed by Burundi regarding the alleged unlawful election of Hon. Martin Ngoga (from Rwanda) as Speaker of the East African Legislative Assembly (EALA