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MPs Query Delayed Release of Operation Funds for New Administrative Units

Sarah Opendi Achieng, the Tororo District Woman Representative told Parliament during plenary on Tuesday that the money has never been disbursed.
29 Mar 2022 17:53
State Minister for Finance in Charge of General Duties Henry Musasizi

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Members of Parliament have queried the delayed release of funds passed under the 2021 Supplementary Appropriation Bill to facilitate the administration of newly created sub-counties.

In September 2021, the Ministry of Local Government earmarked Shillings 29.1 b for the operationalisation of 364 sub-counties and 352 town councils, which were approved by Parliament in the Financial Year 2017/2018.

In November 2021, the Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development tabled the Supplementary Appropriation Bill, amounting to Shillings 4.7 trillion from the Consolidated Fund to meet the additional expenditure for the FY 2020/2021.

Subsequently, Parliament approved the supplementary appropriation of Shillings 29.3 billion for the operations of the newly created administrative units. But Sarah Opendi Achieng, the Tororo District Woman Representative told Parliament during plenary on Tuesday that the money has never been disbursed.

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The Deputy Speaker of Parliament Thomas Tayebwa, tasked Henry Musasizi, the State Minister of Finance in charge of General Duties to explain the delays caused in the disbursement of the funds.

In his response, Musasizi said they laid a loan request for domestic borrowing to the Finance Ministry for processing but the ailment that led to the sudden demise of the Speaker of Parliament, Jacob Oulanyah stalled the process.

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Musasizi disclosed that currently, the Ministry of Finance is constrained to meet the obligation of funding the administration of the newly created sub-counties and Town Councils but requested patience.

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Part of the supplementary was among other things to support the recurrent expenditure on salaries, wages, and other expenses under State House at Shillings 481 billion, Shillings 51 billion for salaries and other expenses in the Ministry of Defence Headquarters, UPDF Land Forces and UPDF Air Forces under the Ministry of Defence and Veterinary Affairs.

Others were Shillings 714 billion for salaries and other expenses for public administration, tax policy department, Aid Liaison, Financial Management Services, Treasury Services, Uganda Computer Services, Macro-Economic Policy Department, Economic Development Policy, and Research Department, Inspectorate and Internal Audit, Budget Policy and Evaluation Department.

Additionally, Shillings 183 billion in expenses and salaries for the Ministry of Health, Shillings 150 billion for salaries and other expenses for the Ministry of Trade, Industries and Cooperatives while Shillings 109 billion under the Judiciary among others.