Kampala, Uganda — Government has tabled the National Budget Framework Paper totaling Shs49.9 trillion for the Financial Year 2023/2024.
The file, which paves means for the finances approval procedure via Parliament, was once tabled all over plenary sitting on Friday, 23 December 2022 via the Minister of Finance, Planning and Economic Development, Matia Kasaija.
Deputy Speaker Thomas Tayebwa who presided over the House referred the framework paper totaling, Shs49.9 trillion to the committee on Budget and different related sectoral committees for attention.
According to the Public Finance Management Act, the Government must desk the finances framework paper earlier than Parliament via 31 December 2022, and via 01 February 2023, the House must have licensed the finances framework paper.
“The initial useful resource envelope for Financial Year 2023/2024 is projected at Shs 49.9 trillion, in comparison to Shs48.1 trillion for the Financial Year 2022/2023 reflecting an build up of Shs1.8 trillion.
MPs had been, on the other hand, involved that the framework had remained on cushy and now not onerous reproduction which impacted on their perusal of the similar.
Nathan Twesigye, Kashari North County MP stated that it can be crucial for the finance ministry to supply contributors with onerous copies of the finances framework for them to scrutinise the finances adequately.
“Last financial year, we fidgeted a lot with the fact that they uploaded it on our Ipads – but you cannot easily read it. I think it is important for members to have a copy each so that they can read what they can on different sectors like roads and water,” he requested.
The Leader of the Opposition in Parliament, Mathias Mpuuga, tasked the minister similarly to supply a difficult reproduction of the framework, pointing out that the remaining time the minister offered a framework with large adjustments.
Tororo North County MP, Geofrey Ekanya, similarly tasked the finance minister to give the frameworks with additional attachments announcing that within the earlier periods, the attachments to the finances were introduced later making the paintings of the committee tricky.
Minister Kasaija stated that what the member asked was once authentic and he’s going to make sure you give you the onerous copies. He additionally tabled the Certificate of Compliance from the Equal Opportunities Commission
Tayebwa requested the committees to paintings consistent with the timelines for the finances.
“As chairpersons of sectoral committees, we have only one month to process and report to the House by 30 January. You can see our timelines – these are timelines that we cannot amend, and this is going to be our priority so that we give it justice,” Tayebwa stated.
The Hoima East Division MP, Patrick Isingoma tasked the minister to provide an explanation for the contents of an interior memo from the Chief Administrative Officer of Nakaseke district to civil servants within the district informing them that salaries for December 2022 could be paid in mid-January 2023.
Kasaija knowledgeable the House that salaries and wages have the primary name at the finances, and if that cash had now not but been despatched to the district, then there should were a procedural downside which he pledged to get to the bottom of.
Author: Independent (Kampala)