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Parliamentary Drama: Rejecting a 288bn Supplementary Budget Sparks Controversy

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  • The budget committee of parliament rejected a 288bn supplementary budget referred by the speaker, citing illegality.
  • The supplementary budget aims to allocate funds to various entities, including the National Council of Sports and the Uganda National Oil Company.

The budget committee of parliament rejected a 288bn supplementary budget referred by the speaker, citing illegality.

The MPs rejected it, questioning the legality of the speaker’s referral, as it bypassed Parliament’s approval process.

The supplementary budget, presented without Parliament’s approval, aimed to expand the already approved schedule.

Legislators questioned the legality of the speaker’s referral, emphasizing the committee’s restriction to house-referred matters.

After consultations, the chairperson declared the supplementary request illegal, pending approval by the House.

The supplementary budget aims to allocate funds to various entities, including the National Council of Sports and the Uganda National Oil Company.

Ssemujju Nganda highlighted inconsistencies, citing challenges in absorbing funds before the financial year’s end.

The funds are proposed to be drawn from the petroleum fund, currently holding up to Shs400bn.

The committee, however, reversed its decision, illegally considering a supplementary expenditure not referred by the house.

The supplementary request is scheduled for tabling before parliament on May 16.

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