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Parliament approves Sh618bn supplementary budget

Minister Musasizi

Supplementary Budget for FY 2021/2022

➡Shs86.3bn for Office of the President to cater for external financing from EXIM Bank for the National Science, Technology, Engineering and Innovation Skills Enhance Project
➡Shs77bn for State House for classified expenditures,
➡Shs64.4bn for UPDF to facilitate Operation Shujaa in DRC and Shs87.5bn for operations in Karamoja sub region,
➡Shs25bn for Ministry of Works for security roads in Karamoja
➡Shs2.5bn for Ministry of Gender to facilitate election of the Office bearers for the Uganda Moslem Supreme Council,
➡Shs1bn for Fort Portal Catholic Diocese and ➡Shs0.600Bn for Greater Ankole Diocese to facilitate preparations for the Uganda Martyrs Day celebrations 2022…
➡Shs0.18bn for procurement & maintenance of diagnostic equipment for Naguru Referral Hospital,
➡Shs0.39bn for procurement of two motor vehicles for the Head & Deputy Head of Uganda’s Mission in Cairo,
➡Shs251.7bn to meet wage shortfalls under various Central & LG Votes.
➡Shs21bn to cater for land compensation payments to a number of Local Governments and Shs0.066 Bn to facilitate completion of Kayunga and Yumbe Hospitals outstanding project activities.

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Parliament has approved a supplementary budget of 617.97 billion Shillings for the 3rd June Martyrs’ day activities, classified expenditure, and Uganda People’s Defence Forces –UPDF operations in Congo.

The approval followed a request by Henry Musasizi, the Minister of State for Finance –General Duties. The supplementary budget is for this financial year 2021/2022 which is scheduled to end on June 30.

Some of the approved funds for different activities include sh77 billion under State House for classified expenditure, sh64.49 billion to facilitate UPDF Operation Shujaa in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) against the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), 87.5 billion for UPDF operations in Karamoja sub-region, 251.7 billion for wage shortfalls and others.

The others are 86.3 billion under the Office of the President to cater for external financing from EXIM Bank for the National Science, Technology, Engineering and Innovation Skills Enhance Project (NSTEI-SEP), 66 billion for completion of Kayunga and Yumbe Hospitals, 25 billion for works on security roads in Karamoja region and others.

Also approved is 2.5 billion shillings to facilitate the election of the office bearers for the Uganda Moslem Supreme Council, 1 billion shillings for Fort Portal Catholic Diocese, and 600 million shillings for Greater Ankole Diocese to facilitate preparations for the Uganda Martyrs Day celebrations.

The other beneficiaries are Naguru Referral Hospital (183 million) for additional Non-Tax Revenue to facilitate procurement and maintenance of diagnostic equipment, 396 million for Mission in Cairo for procurement of 2 vehicles, and 21 billion shillings for Local Government’s additional revenue for land compensation payments.

Nathan Nandala Mafabi, the Budadiri West MP asked Minister Musasizi to explain how the budget for this financial year has shortfalls for salaries and wages when these are statutory expenditures that are always budgeted for first.

Musasizi said that since the budget was passed on 31st May 2021 there have been new recruitments like the appointment of ministers, presidential advisers, promotion of officers in the army, and new recruitments at parliament among others.

Earlier during the Finance Committee meeting, a section of MPs questioned the urgency of funding to religious institutions under the Ministry of Gender. Musasizi noted that the events being funded have timelines and it was the prerogative of President Yoweri Museveni to fund religious institutions.

Musasizi said that the supplementary request would be handled through both domestic and external borrowing.

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