East Africa Annual Conference Funding Suspended and Audit Process Closed
New York, NY – February 19, 2013 – The General Board of Global Ministries’ independent audit committee approved a motion to continue its recommendation to suspend funding to the United Methodist East Africa Annual Conference (EAAC) and to close the ongoing audit process. The decision was made at the committee’s in-person meeting on February 14, 2013.
The original recommendation to suspend funding was made in August 2012, following three internal audits of the treasury of the EAAC in Kampala, Uganda, between April 2011 and July 2012. The projects in question had received funding in 2009, 2010, and 2011.
The independent audit committee, chaired by Bishop Lindsey Davis, oversees the work of all projects supported by The United Methodist Church’s mission organization. They meet via conference call and in person throughout the year.
In the motion, the independent audit committee determined that, “based on extraordinary efforts that Global Ministries’ audit committee and our internal auditors have taken over the past several years, we have concluded that current leadership of the East Africa Annual Conference is unable to meet minimum expectations so as to provide reasonable assurance that substantial amounts of funds previously furnished have been used for their intended purposes.”
The motion continued, “We therefore find it necessary to close the audit process that was begun in 2009 and to continue our recommendation that all funds for the conference be suspended indefinitely, until such time as the EAAC is prepared to be responsible and establishes acceptable accounting systems, including effective internal controls.”
Global Ministries accepted the independent audit committee's recommendation and will continue to suspend all funding to the EAAC.
Contact: Melissa Hinnen, Public Information Officer, 212-870-3833, MHinnen@umcmission.org