Former Ethics and Integrity minister Miria Matembe claims the First Lady Janet Kataaha Museveni will end up consuming the entire ministry of Education budget all by herself.
Matembe made the accusation last Thursday while appearing on NBS TV’s political programme dubbed “NBSFrontline” where she appeared alongside Government Chief Whip Ruth Nankabirwa.
“Ruth is here praising the minister of Education. She is the most learned? She is not supposed to be in that office,” Matembe pointed out.
She added: “That First Lady should not be in the ministry of education. Is she the most educated?
Matembe said Hon. Janet Museveni has a convoy of over 25 cars explaining that her expenditure alone will consume the entire ministry budget.
“I don’t see anything like ‘Kisanja Hakuna Mchezo’, all I see is ‘Mchezo’.”
In defence, Nankabirwa said Hon Janet Museveni’s security expenses are catered for by the State House and not the ministry of Education.
“Corruption is systematic and we know how we are going to handle it during this term,” Nankabirwa pledged.
In the 2016/17 Budget, Finance ministry allocated Shs. 50 billion to increase university staff salaries and Shs. 78 billion for for salaries of Non-Teaching Staff in public universities.
The ministry also allocated Shs. 6.672 billion for recruitment of tutors for the 20 Technical Institutes started this financial year.
Shs.14.09 billion was allocated for operationalising three Public Universities in Soroti, Kabale and Lira which are to offer Science related programmes which are critical to the Economic Development of the Country.
Shs. 6 billion was provided to expand the Student Loan Scheme to cater for the Second Cohort of 1,000 University students and 200 students of Diploma courses to improve access to higher education.
Lastly, Shs 122 billion was provided to increase teachers’ salaries by 15%.