UGX 1.9 Trillion Supplementary Requests Worry Budget Committee

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Lugoloobi says the supplementary expenditure appropriation is becoming a big problem. It follows a supplementary budget request of Shillings 1.9 trillion tabled before the committee this month for the 2017/2018 financial year.

Amos Lugoloobi, the Parliamentary Budget Committee Chairperson has expressed concern over the persistent habit of government to present supplementary requests to parliament.
 
Lugoloobi says the supplementary expenditure appropriation is becoming a big problem. It follows a supplementary budget request of Shillings 1.9 trillion tabled before the committee this month for the 2017/2018 financial year.
 
In the 2016/2017 financial year, government tabled a supplementary budget request of Shillings 969 billion. This was huge leap from the Shillings 888 billion supplementary budget request in the 2015/2016 financial year.
 

Lugoloobi says the increasing supplementary budgets are a matter of concern, saying it is not good for a country with very limited resources. 
 
 

According to the supplementary budget documents tabled before parliament, government first requested for Shillings 910 billion under the supplementary schedule 1 and later presented a Shillings 244.6 billion supplementary budget request under schedule 2.
 
Lugooobi says the Supplementary Schedule 2 alone is to the tune of nearly a trillion Shillings due to four addendums tabled by the State Minister for Planning, David Bahati.
 
The Ntenjeru North Member of Parliament said that most of the supplementary budget requests don't constitute any form of emergency since they can easily be foreseen by government.
 
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The Public Finance Management Act sets a supplementary expenditure limit of three per cent of the total approved budget. Parliament approved a total of 29 trillion Shillings 2017/2018 financial year budget.
 
Defending the supplementary budget requests in parliament, the State Minister for Planning, David Bahati said that the supplementary figure this year has been increased by Shillings 364 billion that government got as external financing after appropriation by parliament.
 
He said government had to return to parliament to seek for approval of the money. Bahati however said that supplementary expenditure cannot be avoided since government finds a lot of budget pressures whose funding cannot be postponed.
 
He also said that many planned expenditures change during the implementation stages, which leads to supplementary funding.
 
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Supplementary budgets have for long dominated public debate with sections of the public arguing that the practice is a sign of poor planning on the government side. 

 

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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.