Soroti Woman Member of Parliament, Alice Alaso, says it’s a known fact that Ugandan Cabinet ministers are incompetent.
“I challenge any minister on the front bench to defend their incompetence by presenting a ministerial policy statement,” Alaso lashed out during Wednesday plenary.
The session chaired by deputy Speaker, Jacob Oulanyah, was seeking answers from the Finance minister, Matia Kasaija, who was supposed to present budget documents.
The minister for Finance was also asked to lay on the table, the budget framework paper, tax bills and report on public debt, grants.
“It should be on record that the cabinet ministers are incompetent and this will affect the shadow ministers,” Alaso also the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) Secretary General pressed on.
As if the incompetence was not bad enough, the ministers were late as usual and the speaker had to adjourn the House for 15 minutes to wait for them.
Kajara County MP, Stephen Tashobya, pointed out that: “We always have problems when we call ministers and accounting officers to parliament and they do not show up.”
MP Abdu Katuntu said to have meaningful alternative proposes government must present the policy statements.
Speaking on the matter, Oulanyah said the committees cannot begin the budget process if they do not have the ministerial policy statements.
The Prime Minister, Dr Ruhakana Rugunda, responded saying there was a technical problem that affected all ministries “that is why ministerial policy statements are not here”.
The Leader of Opposition in Parliament, Wafula Oguttu, as supported by the Speaker demanded that Rugunda gives parliament details concerning the delay in submission of ministerial policy statements.
Speaker Oulanyah then ordered Rugunda to present the ministerial policy statements tomorrow, Thursday by 2pm without fail or exception.
“The shadow ministers shouldn’t wait for Government to present their ministerial policy statements before they present alternative policy,” Oulanyah advised.
He added: “We are expected to finish the entire budget process by 31st this month so we need to be serious with the work.”
Note: Ugandan ministers are widely famed for sleeping anywhere and everywhere.