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The parliament has approved UGX 33.3 billion supplementary to be used by the Uganda government before the end of this Financial Year 2019/20. FILE PHOTO

Two months back the parliament of Uganda passed a supplementary budget of Shs 932 billion.

The parliament has approved UGX 33.3 billion supplementary budget to be used by the Uganda government before the end of this Financial Year 2019/20. Two months back the parliament passed a supplementary budget of Shs 932 billion.

In that Last supplementary budget, 284 billion shillings was put in the fight against Covid-19 pandemic and it was distributed to key government departments and ministries that were taken to be at the front of fighting the pandemic.

300 billion shillings was put in defence classified expenditure. It was from this same supplementary that the Members of Parliament allocated 10 billion which was distributed to Members of Parliament.

 Each member walked home with 20 million shillings and the MPs claimed that the money was going to be used in the fight against COVID-19.

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In this new supplementary budget, MPs of the budget committee which is chaired by Amos Lugolobi, an Mp from Ntejeru North agreed to give 10billion shillings to be used in the maintenance of roads under Kampala Capital City Authority.

The roads that are going to be maintained include; Lubiri Ring Road, Sir Apollo Kagwa, Queensway, Upper Kololo Terrence, Sikh, Channel Street, Johnson and many more.

The committee also approved 10 billion shillings to Industrial Research Institute (UIRI). The money will be used in the purchasing of machinery to run training institute in Namanve. This facility was commissioned by the President of Uganda HE Yoweri Kaguta Museveni in 2019.

This facility was established by the government of Uganda to enhance industrial skills by providing hands-on training and apprenticeship, manufacturing of metallic parts and engaging in modern methods of machining.

MPs raised questions during the debate on why the supplementary expenditure of 10 billion shillings for UIRI can’t wait for the new financial year and the chairperson of the budget committee Mr Amos Lugolobi said the money was needed to keep the facility operating.

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The parliament has approved UGX 33.3 billion supplementary to be used by the Uganda government before the end of this Financial Year 2019/20. FILE PHOTO

The parliament also agreed that 9 billion shillings be used in upgrading of health centre IIs to become health centre IIIs and also the construction of seed schools in some parts of the country that will be under the Ministry of Local Government. 

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The Ministry of Local Government got Ushs 776 million additional funding.

The Finance Ministry received 1.09 billion for payment of staff salary of the privatization unit that had not received their salary for five months.

The government wanted 1.9 billion to used in the clearing of electricity bills for Nytil and Fine spinners both privately run companies but the committee could not continue with the examination.