MPs name for disbandment of Minister Musenero’s Presidential Initiative over mismanagement of funds

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The Choose Committee on Science, Expertise and Innovation has known as for the disbandment of the Presidential Scientific Initiative on Epidemics (PRESIDE) following the uncovering of gross irregularities in its operations.

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This suggestion is contained within the report of the committee introduced to Parliament on the utilisation of COVID analysis funds by Hon. Xavier Kyooma for the monetary years 2019/20 to 2021/22.

Kyooma stated that the committee was established by the Speaker, Anita Amongst on 10 November 2021 to research the allegations of irregularities reported on utilisation of funds for the Covid-19 vaccine growth by PRESIDE underneath the supervision of Hon. Dr Monica Musenero.

Hon. Yona Musinguzi (NRM, Ntungamo Municipality) had raised concern with PRESIDE stating that over Shs50 billion had been withdrawn by the Presidential Initiative from the state coffers however with out clear expenditure.



“There was no indication of a patented candidate vaccine and there was no signal of it being patented within the pipeline casting doubt in its authentication,” added Musinguzi.

Kyooma stated that Dr Musenero had revealed that scientific trials had been full and passable but the committee observed that they’d not been patented and subjected to empirical testing. They’d additionally not been accepted by the Nationwide Drug Authority.

“The development of the plant to provide the candidate vaccine was untimely as a result of the vaccine had not been authenticated by both the World Well being Organisation or Nationwide Drug Authority for it to be mass-produced,” he added.

The committee couldn’t additionally verify utilizing the proof introduced to it whether or not a candidate vaccine had been developed as a result of the scientific data was non-committal.
“There was additionally no point out of the patenting of a COVID vaccine,” Kyooma stated.

Kyooma held that PRESIDE operational funds to the tune of Shs2.6 billion weren’t accounted for due to poor operational administration of the initiative. He stated that there have been no tips for reporting strains and subsequently, ‘there needs to be accounting officers who might be held accountable for any monetary loses’.

The committee in its report held that Musenero who doubles because the Minister for Science, Expertise and Innovation in addition to Chairperson of PRESIDE irregularly issued further funding to the mission of over 10 per cent in opposition to the regulation and with out the authorisation of Ministry of Finance.

The committee really useful that she needs to be relieved of her duties as Chairperson of PRESIDE to keep away from battle of curiosity and for the nice governance.

The road ministry, in keeping with the committee, failed to observe and supervise the operations of PRESIDE mission including that, ‘it was understood that the chairperson who was additionally the minister had a private understanding with scientists and they didn’t count on to be supervised’.

The committee additionally really useful that the federal government regularise the institution of PRESIDE underneath the legal guidelines of Uganda whether it is to remain operational and that presidential programmes and initiatives ought to all function underneath the regulation.

PRESIDE, in keeping with the Committee needs to be disbanded because of the irregularities in its operations and lack of correct buildings in addition to failure to satisfy its Memorandum of Understanding.

Musinguzi added that the Shs50 billion that had been superior to PRESIDE within the forthcoming finances be withdrawn.

Dr Musenero replied that PRESIDE was not in existence and had been merged with the Ministry of Science and Innovation.

She additionally held that the accounts of PRESIDE had been audited by the Auditor Basic and they didn’t discover any misuse of assets of the establishment for her private acquire.

The Deputy Speaker, Thomas Tayebwa deferred the controversy offering time for the MPs internalise the report from the Choose Committee.

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