Parliament Budget Committee today questioned government’s request for a 487 Billion Shillings loan to finance Uganda’s initial equity shares and historical costs for the East African Crude Oil Pipeline (EACOP) project without adequate documentation.
Bahati told the committee today that the money was needed to operationalize UIRI’s machining, manufacturing and industrial skills training centre at Namanve. He added that in 2014, UIRI secured a grant of USD 30 million from China to establish the centre. He added that all the planned 17 building structures at the campus have been constructed and machines and equipment installed.
West Budama County North MP Richard Othieno noted that the project has failed miserably after youths were duped by officials into accepting amounts way lower than what they had signed for. He says many of the beneficiaries ended up in jail after failing to utilise the money.
The approval, which will see the budget estimates increase from the current 18.3trillion, is embedded in the committee report on the National Budget Frame Work Paper due to be presented in Parliament on Tuesday.
. Tashobya said that, despite the important role the Electoral Commission plays it has not received an enhancement of emoluments of its staff yet other institutions within and outside the sector have had their salaries reviewed.