Tayebwa made the directive while chairing the House on Tuesday. He quoted Section 13 of the Public Finance Management Act and Rule 148 of the Rules of Procedure that requires urgent fulfillment of the timelines as stipulated in Section 13(3) of the Public Finance Management Act.
The Deputy Speaker of Parliament
Thomas Tayebwa has directed the Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development to present final budget
estimates for the 2022/2023 Financial Year by Thursday, March 31st, 2022.
Tayebwa made the
directive while chairing the House on Tuesday. He quoted Section 13 of the
Public Finance Management Act and Rule 148 of the Rules of Procedure that
requires urgent fulfillment of the timelines as stipulated in Section 13(3) of
the Public Finance Management Act.
According to the act, the Minister shall, on behalf of the
President, present the proposed annual budget of a financial year to
Parliament by the 1st of April of the preceding financial year. Rule 148(2) of Parliament's Rules of Procedure states that the Speaker shall commit the proposed annual budget to the Budget
Committee of Parliament and to a sectoral committee of Parliament, the part of
annual budget that falls within its jurisdiction.
Tayebwe, who was making his maiden communication as Deputy
Speaker explained that the Minister of Finance must present the budget
estimate as per these legal provisions because there was no further time wait.
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also tasked the Finance Minister to table a copy of the gazette of the Charter
for Fiscal Responsibility by Thursday, noting that a one-month grace period
after approval by Parliament had been overlapped.
Tayebwa also allowed and tasked nine Government Ministries, including departments and agencies
to lay their Ministerial Policy Statements with explanations why they failed to meet the March 15th deadline.
They include; Ministry of
Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquities, Ministry of Trade, Industry and
Co-operatives, the Auditor General, Ministry Foreign Affairs, Ministry of East
African Affairs, Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs, the Judiciary,
and Uganda Bureau of Statistics under the Ministry of Finance and Planning among
During the plenary, the opposition
led by Mathias Mpuuga, the Leader of Opposition in Parliament laid their alternative
policy statements to the House. Ministerial
policy statements set out the performance and plans of spending agencies
linking them with their policy objectives.
statements are used by Parliament to assess sector (Spending Agency)
performance under Section 6 (1) of the Budget Act (2001).
Ochola's journalism career begun from Radio King 90.2 FM in Gulu around 2009, and Radio Rupiny 95.7 Fm under Vision Group in 2012. He also reported for Mighty Fire 91.5 Fm, Kitgum in 2015 before joining Wizarts Foundation in 2017.
He has been reporting for Uganda Radio Network (URN) since 2017 before being posted as Bureau Chief Kitgum, and latr Gulu between 2018 - 2021. Currently, he reports from Parliament.