African Journal of
Business Management

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Bus. Manage.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1993-8233
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJBM
  • Start Year: 2007
  • Published Articles: 4138

Article in Press

Internal controls and financial accountability in a public health sector: an empirical investigation of a local government in Uganda

Gordon Otieno Ong’unya1* and Kalenzi Abbey2

  •  Received: 26 June 2020
  •  Accepted: 21 April 2021
This study aimed at examining the influence of internal controls on financial accountability in GILGHS, Uganda. The study’s research design was cross-sectional. The study findings were derived from a sample of 127 health center (unit of analysis), whose heads of department formed unit of inquiry. Data were amassed from respondents through questionnaires and their responses were aggregated to their corresponding health centers. SPSS was utilized to execute correlation and regression analysis. Subsequently, the findings demonstrated that internal controls positively and significantly predicted financial accountability. The implication is that GILGHS authorities need to reinforce a strong-willed internal control system to improve their financial accountability. The study was restricted to cross-sectional research design hence refuted the probability of generality in the context of other research designs. Future studies should consider this study within the perspective of other study designs. Besides, this study was carried out within the setting of GILGHS. Thus, the study appendage internal controls as an essential antecedent to financial accountability in GILGHS, Uganda.

Keywords: Internal controls, financial accountability, local government.