Parliament has today in an unprecedented manner passed the coming financial year 2019/2020 budget totaling 40.48 trillion Shillings without debate on the budget committee report. The report was presented on Thursday afternoon by the committee Chairperson Amos Lugoloobi.
“As of the end of December 2018, the value of the Fund stood at 288.7 billion Shillings. The reduction in the Fund value from 470.4 billion Shilling reported in June 2018 to the current 288.7 billion Shillings was due to the transfer of 200 billion Shillings to the Uganda Consolidated Fund to finance the financial year 2018/2019 budget,” a report by the Budget Committee of Parliament stated.
The committee chaired by Judith Franca Akello, the Woman Member of Parliament for Agago district has in its findings revealed that the program is suffering from gross corruption tendencies and misuse of public resources perpetrated by accounting officers and engineers in local governments.
MPs Muhammad Muwanga Kivumbi representing Butambala County, Dokolo Woman MP Cecilia Ogwal and Lira Woman MP Atim Joy Ongom on Thursday tabled a minority report on the budget estimates for the coming financial year 2019/2020 demanding for the audit.
On Monday, Cabinet chaired by President Yoweri Museveni at State House, Entebbe approved the creation of nine cities, five of which Arua, Gulu, Jinja, Fort Portal, Mbarara will become operational on July 1, 2020.
The facility, whose construction commenced in July 2016 by Ambitious Construction Company Limited at a price of18.3 billion shillings, now requires a similar amount to procure furniture as well as facilities for staff to manage and run the prison.
As the committee interfaced with the State Minister for Finance in-charge of Planning David Bahati, a fresh document defending the additional resources was presented indicating more funds totalling 934.4 billion contrary to the 929 billion Shillings figure officially tabled before parliament.
According to estimates, up to 279 billion Shillings would be required to enhance implement the proposals. However, Parliament’s Budget Committee recently indicated that the bill is too huge to be catered for within the next budget.
Muntu will be deputized by Makerere University Don Nyanja Musoke as the national Deputy Coordinator-Operations and former Serere Woman MP Alice Alaso as the National coordinator-Finance and Administration. Martin Okumu will serve as the National Coordinator for Research and Policy.
Parliament has approved a Shillings 1.6 trillion supplementary budget request by government for the current financial year 2018/2019 part of which is to carter for the ongoing President Yoweri Museveni’s country wide tour on wealth creation.