Minister of Finance Matia Kasaija described President Yoweri Museveni’s inland travels as ‘very expensive’ and therefore needs Shs17bn supplementary budget.
Kasaija was appearing before the budget committee on Tuesday that has been scrutinizing the request. The request was later in the afternoon brought to the floor of parliament where it was debated and passed.
“The president is very expensive, any movements he makes are too costly. He needs the advance team, fuel for his convoy, allowance for his entourage, food for his people and so many other demands,” Kasaija said while defending the supplementary.
Not even the minority report from Dokolo Woman MP Cecila Ogwal and Butambala MP Muwanga Kivumbi to oppose the supplementary could stand as the main report took the day with majority NRM MP saying “Aye” to the Shs17bn supplementary budget. The supplementary comes less than 2 months to the reading of the 2019/2020 National Budget.
According to the Budget committee report, the Shs17bn supplementary budget is for the President’s field operations including accommodation and feeding of the teams that accompanying the President; fuel and other logistical expenditure, by the President during the ongoing country wide tours.