Members of the 10th Parliament have been tasked to play their oversight role while extending service deliverance in relevant Ministries.
The Assistant Director, Parliament Budget Office, Mr. Sulaiman Kiggundu, said MPs should learn to scrutinize and ensure full allocation of funds to various ministries. He said this while delivering a presentation on the Public Finance Management Act, 2015, during an orientation for members of the Budget Committee, today Wednesday 3rd, August 2016.
“It’s important that you scrutinize all departments and their budgets. Failure to do so may only worsen service delivery,” he said.
Kiggundu said that most ministries and local government offices have wasted resources as compared to the finances allocated to them. Citing an example of the Recruitment Plan for the Ministry of Education and the budget allocated to it, he said over Ushs.2.3 trillion was allocated to the Ministry to Finance for the recruitment exercise, but only 14 vacant positions have been occupied, out of the 600 initial positions to be filled.
Hon. Amos Lugoloobi, (Ntenjeru North), who doubles as the Chairman Budget Committee appealed to the members to ensure commitment to the committee meetings and to always keep time.
“The decisions on who gets to have a trip largely depend on one’s attendance and active participation,” Lugoloobi said.
Hon.Felix Kulayigye, Member of Parliament, representing the UPDF, appealed to the Chairman to have an organized schedule of other committee meetings to avoid tendencies of collision and absenteeism of the Members.
Kiggundu however proposed that all old government assets should be disposed of, in accordance to the Ministry of Works disposal Laws, to avoid wastage of resources especially on old vehicles which are still in the Registry.
The Budget committee is charged with the responsibility of allocation of resources, formation of a supplementary budget and is also in-charge of the government budget approval.