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Uganda MPs critical of Presidency budget

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    MPs have criticised as immoral a proposed Shs150 billion budget for State House, Office of the President and related departments, coming at a time when the country is facing difficult economic conditions. The expenditure estimates being questioned are contained in this year’s sector policy statement to be presented by Ms Kabakumba Masiko, the minister responsible for the Presidency.

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    Ms Masiko’s statement, which will be scrutinised by the House committee on presidential affairs, says the money is necessary to provide logistical support, care and security to enable the Presidency perform its constitutional and administrative obligations. But highlighting the need to focus public spending in other critical areas, lawmakers cited a Tuesday Daily Monitor story in which it was reported that two people have so far died in Bulambuli District due to famine currently ravaging parts of eastern Uganda.

    Some MPs said yesterday that certain items in this budget appear to have been “inflated”. Others called for a review of the expenditure proposals to cut out what they called “sumptuous” spending.

    Source: Monitor