Parliament Rejects UGX 117B Supplementary Budget for UNRA

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Finance Minister, Matia Kasaija this afternoon tabled the budget before Parliament, seeking approval to withdraw the funds from the Petroleum Fund and allocate it to Uganda National Roads Authority for the construction of roads in the Bunyoro oil production area.

Parliament has rejected a supplementary budget of 117 billion Shillings tabled by government for construction of roads.

Finance Minister, Matia Kasaija this afternoon tabled the budget before Parliament, seeking approval to withdraw the funds from the Petroleum Fund and allocate it to Uganda National Roads Authority for the construction of roads in the Bunyoro oil production area.

Kasaija, in his justification, explained that the construction of roads in the oil region will go a long way in fast tracking road construction by 2019 in anticipation of oil production in 2020.
 
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However, the request drew protests from a number of legislators including the Speaker Rebecca Kadaga who stated that this requires parliamentary scrutiny and must be handled by the Budget committee.
 
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Bugweri County MP Abdu Katuntu and Roland Mugume, the Rukungiri Municipality MP demanded that government requests for the supplementary budget using the Appropriations Act and not for only the roads sector.
 
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The Speaker has directed the minister to go back and correct the legal loopholes before re-tabling the request.

 

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Olive Eyotaru
Olive Eyotaru is a URN journalist based in Kampala. Eyotaru has been a URN staff member since February 2015.

Eyotaru started practising journalism while still studying at Uganda Christian University. She was a reporter with Ultimate Media Consult Ltd between 2005 and 2007.

In 2009, Eyotaru joined Monitor Publications Limited, under KFM Radio as a parliamentary and business reporter. Consequently, Eyotaru started writing for the Daily Monitor newspaper until January 2015, when she moved to URN.

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