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MPs Tasked NPA Boss to Explain Delayed Submission of NDPIII for Approval

A National Development Plan, which is formulated after the approval of a strategic direction for sectors and local governments by the cabinet, enables the National Planning Authority to engage various departments and agencies to identify priorities for the country. It covers a period of five years.
20 Jan 2020 21:10

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The Budget Committee of Parliament has tasked the Executive Director of the National Planning Authority - NPA Dr Joseph Muvawala to explain delays in submitting the third National Development Plan (NDPIII) for parliamentary approval.

A National Development Plan, which is formulated after the approval of a strategic direction for sectors and local governments by the cabinet, enables the National Planning Authority to engage various departments and agencies to identify priorities for the country. It covers a period of five years.

The Public Finance Management Act provides that the annual National Budget Framework Paper which is presented in Parliament before December 31, must align with the approved National Development Plan. 

The second National Development Plan-NDPII which covers financial years 2015/2016 to 2019/2020 is expiring in June 2020. Its implementation thereby ends with 2019/2020 national Budget.

This implies that the third edition is required to inform the processing and approval of budgets of the next five years beginning with the 2020/2021 financial year.   However, although parliament has received the Budget Framework Paper for the next Financial year, it has not received the National Development Plan for approval. 

Although cabinet approved the strategic direction for the NDP III in September 2019, Muvawala told the Budget Committee that his team failed to present the draft to parliament in time for approval.

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However, members of the budget committee led by the chairperson, Amos Lugoloobi and Kumi County MP, Charles Ilukor say the Ministry of Finance must make a public apology to Parliament for the mishap. 

Koboko North MP Elly Asiku faulted parliamentary committees for illegally processing the budget framework paper without paying attention to the requirements of the law. Asiku noted that MDAs have been quoting activities they will implement in NDP III, a plan which Parliament has not yet received and approved.       

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Meanwhile, Ilukor says MPs want to move a motion to reject the budget framework paper due to the absence of an approved NDPIII. He says that MPs have also had difficulty processing the budget framework paper because there are hardly assessment reports on NDPI and NDPII for effective evaluation on the performance of Ministries, Departments and Agencies.  

However, Lugoloobi says the absence of an approved NDP III is a big challenge because Parliament must process and pass the draft budget by February 1.   

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Muvawala says that the draft NDP III will be presented to Parliament on  Wednesday.     

He observed a need to align the budget and planning timelines, because the National Planning Act requires NPA to present a draft national plan to Parliament for approval in April before the national budget is read in June.     

However, this presents a lacuna because the plan is a prerequisite for the consideration of the budget framework paper.

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