Govt to conduct forensic audit into Karuma, Isimba dams.
The long-awaited forensic audit into the construction of the Karuma and Isimba hydroelectric dams is set to start after several attempts to audit the company hit a snug due to absence of funds.
The revelation was made by James Bantu, the director Forensic Audit while meeting with Members of Parliament on the Parliamentary Finance Committee who said that part of the funding for the audit had been secured but the audits were delayed by objections of the two contractors.
Information from the Auditor General indicates that part of the money was provided by the European Union and the total funding was UGX5b and of this, the audit of Karuma and Isimba will account for UGX2.42b and in the 2019/2020 National Budget, the Auditor General has received an indicative budget of UGX2.86b that will cater for the second phase of Karuma and Isimba dams.
Following reports of cracks at the two dams, John Muwanga the Auditor General requested for UGX6b that he would use to conduct a thorough audit into the financial and quality of works at the dams and for three financial years.