A breakdown of the items where the money will be spent include: hot meals 7.1billion Shillings, dry rations 684million, fuel and lubricants for land forces 827million, vehicle maintenance 600million, protective gear like body armour and helmets 3.9million and others.
The classified budget of the Ministry of Defence has increased from 342billion Shillings to 607billion Shillings amidst concerns from legislators that the money might be diverted to finance campaigns for the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) candidates during the 2016 general election.
Parliament today approved Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda as the new Prime Minister of Uganda with 217 legislators voting in favour of his appointment. Only four MPs voted against the motion moved by vice president Edward Ssekandi, 12 days after Dr Rugunda was appointed to replace Amama Mbabazi who was dropped from cabinet.
Kiyonga noted that currently there are troops being deployed in South Sudan under IGAD citing those of Kenya and Ethiopia which he said UPDF has to first harmonize with.
â€œOnce we know they are in place and effective, then our troops will return and that means therefore we will have to continue to do some additional expenditure in order to sustain our forces in South Sudanâ€, Kiyonga noted.
Defence Minister Dr Crispus Kiyonga on Thursday presented to parliament a list of civilians, police personnel and soldiers killed during the weekend attacks in Bundibugyo, Kasese and Ntoroko districts.