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MPs Approve UGX 80bn for Payment of Court Awards

The MPs made the decision after the finance committee chairperson, Henry Musasizi recommended that 20 billion shillings be cut from the proposed 140 billion shillings for court awards as proposed in budget for Treasury operations under the Ministry of finance.

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Members of Parliament on the Budget Committee have approved 80 billion shillings for orders of mandamus (unpaid court awards) for 2019/2020 financial year.

Mandamus is an order from a court to a government official to pay court awards.


The MPs made the decision after the finance committee chairperson, Henry Musasizi recommended that 20 billion shillings be cut from the proposed 140 billion shillings for court awards as proposed in the budget for Treasury operations under the Ministry of finance.

 Musasizi says that the finance committee has recommended that 20 billion shillings be reallocated from the 140 billion shillings in Treasury Operations (Vote 130) to other activities in the finance budget.

 The budget cut is based on the fact that the government court awards under mandamus have risen from 20 billion shillings in financial year 2015/2016 to 120 billion shillings in 2018/2019 and 140 billion shillings in 2019/2020.  

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However, the budget committee members led by the chairperson, Amos Lugoloobi, and Patrick Isiagi of Kachumbala County, have further cut the budget for court awards by another 40 billion shillings. 

They argue that there is no evidence that the ministry has all the orders of mandamus amounting to 140 billion shillings. Therefore, 80 billion shillings will be allocated for paying arrears and orders of mandamus in the next financial year.  

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Musasizi has also supported the budget committee’s decision to reduce the allocation from 140 billion shillings to 80 billion shillings for court awards. 

 

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