MPs Reject Minister's report on Budget Performance

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In short
The report that had been presented before them by State Minister for Planning David Bahati sought to analyse allocations, expenditures and fiscal performance for the financial year 2015/2016, now in its third quarter.

Members of the budget committee of parliament have rejected a report on the performance of the budget dubbing it shallow and empty.

The report that had been presented before them by State Minister for Planning David Bahati sought to analyse allocations, expenditures and fiscal performance for the financial year 2015/2016, now in its third quarter.

The 24.1 trillion Shillings budget focused on maintenance of national security and defense, facilitation of private sector enterprise development, effective development and maintenance of infrastructure, commercialization of Agriculture and others.

The works and transport sector took the biggest share of the budget with an allocation of 3.328 trillion Shillings while Security was allocated 1.632 trillion Shillings. Allocation to other critical sectors such as Agriculture sector stood at only 479.96 billion Shillings, Education 2.029 trillion, Health 1.270 trillion Shillings.

However, in his report this morning, David Bahati did not outline government performance in implementing key projects and sector outputs against set targets, according to committee Chairman Amos Lugoloobi.

He said the minister should instead present a comprehensive report, identifying outstanding sector challenges and recommendations which could be ideal for improving performance of the budget.                       
 
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Butambala County MP Muwanga Kivumbi observed that the report as presented by David Bahati, had ignored several requirements of the Public Finance Management Act.
 
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Bahati however defended his presentation saying that the executive summary of the voluminous report that was laid on the floor of the House last year had all the details required, but MPs were insistent that the report did not contain the answers they sought.
 
Bahati later agreed to return with a more comprehensive and exhaustive presentation on the budget performance of financial year 2015/2016 within one week.
 
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Olive Nakatudde
Olive Nakatudde is a URN journalist based in Kampala. Nakatudde has been a URN staff member since 2013.

Nakatudde started out in journalism in 2009 with Dembe FM radio in Kampala. In 2012, Nakatudde joined Voice of Africa as a political reporter. She has been a photographer since her journalism school days at Makerere University.

Nakatudde is interested in good governance and public policy, which she reports on intensively from the Uganda Parliament. She is a keen follower of cultural affairs in Buganda Kingdom and covers the kingdom's Lukiiko (parliament). Nakatudde also reports on education and health.