Parliament has approved a Shs26.3 trillion national budget for the financial year 2016/2017.
The House presided over by the Speaker, Rt.Hon. Rebecca Kadaga received a report from the Budget Committee chaired by Hon. Amos Lugoloobi with the harmonised budget estimates.
Last week, Parliament failed to pass the Budget following the Finance Ministry’s failure to submit the required documents for the Budget Committee to harmonise with those presented in the ministerial policy statements.
State House last week warned MPs who had refused to pass the budget on account that President Yoweri Museveni signs a bill exempting them from taxes, that they would be charged with treason.
The Budget Committee in its report stated that funds totalling shs216 billion had been allocated to underfunded sectors of the economy.
Lugoloobi said that shs16 billion has been allocated to Mulago Hospital for procurement of imaging equipment, CT scanner and other machines for the hospital.
“Additional funding of Shs2.8 billion has been allocated to Ministry of Health to cater for specialists’ wages and operational expenses in 10 newly refurbished hospitals around the country,” he said.
The Parliamentary Commission also received additional funding of shs10 billion under its development budget.
Members of Parliament had earlier demanded that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs presents a report on the status of the Missions Abroad before the budget is passed.
Budadiri West MP, Hon. Nandala Mafabi said that the Foreign Affairs Minister had promised to deliver the report but had failed to do so.
“We should not proceed with this process. The Minister was directed by this House to present that report,” he said.
Kadaga however, said that the Ministry should present that report before the Ninth Parliament closes.
The Minister of State for Finance, Hon. David Bahati appreciated the efforts of the MPs in passing of the budget for the new financial year 2016/2017.