Parliament directs IGG to investigate PRESIDE Covid-19 funds
By Melanie Aanyu,
Parliament has given the Inspectorate of Government three months to further investigate allegations of financial mismanagement against the minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, Dr Monica Musenero.
The resolution was reached during a plenary session when the House adopted, with amendments, the select committee report tabled that first investigated the claims.
The report highlighted gross irregularities, including Shs2.6b unaccounted for and made recommendations, including the disbandment of the Presidential Scientific Initiative on Epidemics (PRESIDE), and for the minister responsible (Dr Musenero) to be held liable for alleged mismanagement.
Mr Dan Kimosho (Kazo County) moved a motion to amend the report to urge the Executive to cause the minister to step aside as investigations continue.
In the 10-page response to the committee findings, Dr Musenero termed the allegations against her as “unsubstantiated…not in good faith and caused a lot of discomfort, frustration, annoyance to the dedicated scientists.
She further highlighted her commitment and service in the fight against dangerous diseases.