An assessment of accountability committees of parliament of Uganda in conducting financial scrutiny

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Kampala International University, College of Economics and Management
The purpose of the study was to find out whether accountability committees in the Parliament of Uganda have been effective in enforcing financial management discipline. The study was guided by the mandate given to Parliament of Uganda by the Constitution of Uganda, 2006 and the Auditor General's reports to Parliament. The study adopted a descriptive survey design because of the qualitative and quantitative nature of data that were collected. The study was conducted in a sample of 42 Members of Parliament who sit on accountability committees. The study among other things established that recommendations made by the committees are rarely accepted and implemented by the Executive and committees rarely take disciplinary action on those who fail to account. This leads to the conclusion that the work of accountability committees has no practical value because government neither addresses the issues in the reports nor implements committee recommendations. It is recommended that Parliament should develop procedures to implement recommendations and committees should be availed enough resources for oversight and skilled support staff to conduct financial scrutiny.
A thesis report submitted to the College of Economics and Management Kampala International University in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the Award of the Masters Degree in Business Administration
Accountability, Committees of parliament, Financial scrutiny