MPs have queried the expenditure undertaken by the Makerere University nine member committee instituted by President Museveni to look into the remuneration issues that caused a strike among the university’s teaching staff. Museveni ordered the closure of the university after the strike paralysed affairs at the oldest university.
Government has so far spent Shs2.7bn on the committee but MPs on the budget committee were irked by this amount and wondered where exactly the money was ending up. The money is part of Shs23 billion that State House is requesting for as a supplementary budget. MPs led by Cecilia Ogwal (Dokolo Woman) and Muwanga Kivumbi (Butambala County) tasked Minister for the Presidency Esther Mbayo and State House Comptroller Lucy Nakyobe on the expenditure by the committee.
Nakyobe told the budget committee that the money was spent on travel abroad for benchmarking purposes and allowances to the chagrin of MPs.