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“I’m Not Into Hiding, I Went On Leave”-Tourism PS Speaks Out

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Ms Doreen Katusiime, the Permanent Secretary for Ministry of Tourism, has this Thursday (inadvertently) made news on several social media and online platforms after the leadership of the Parliamentary Committee of PAC rejected submissions from the Ministry’s Under Secretary who had appeared to respond to queries in AG’s report. The Committee leadership insisted that they want the PS/Accounting Officer herself to appear personally as opposed to delegating.

Subsequently, the Committee Chairperson Muwanga Kivumbi directed the CIDs attached to the Committee to go out and effect an arrest warrant against the Permanent Secretary who in the following brief media statement has this evening explained what exactly happened and why she wasn’t able to be part of the Ministry delegation that appeared before the Committee this very Thursday:

My absence from the Public Accounts Committee (PAC): I have taken note of social media reports about an alleged “arrest warrant” that was issued by the Parliamentary Public Accounts Committee (PAC) over my failure to appear to respond to issues raised in the Auditor General’s report for the Financial year ended June 2023.

I took official leave on 7th March 2024 and handed over to the Undersecretary. So, he had led the Ministry team in his capacity as acting Accounting Officer. However, the Committee Chairperson asked that I appear in person as I take personal responsibility for this role.

I would also like to make it clear that I have never been called to appear before PAC and I failed or refused to appear. [Gratefully], the Committee has rescheduled the meeting to Tuesday 19th March.

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