Cabinet has given powers to the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) Secretary General Justine Kasule Lumumba to scrutinise and approve all government loans, a move some people say is not wise.
In a recently concluded Kyankwanzi retreat for ministers, permanent secretaries and members of the Central Executive Committee of NRM, it was agreed that the party secretary general together with Prime Minister Dr Ruhakana Rugunda would first have to confirm that the loans requested by the ministry of finance are in line with the NRM manifesto before passing them for funding.
One of the resolutions read thus: “The Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development, and relevant Ministries, shall submit loan requests one month in advance to the Prime Minister and the Secretary General for inter-sectoral scrutiny before loans are contracted, to confirm that the said loans are aligned to the NRM Manifesto, and the Strategic Guidelines and Directives.”
The ministers further agreed that the NRM secretariat shall be actively involved in the budgeting process for all government institutions.
“The NRM leadership and the Secretariat shall be involved in all aspects of policy formulation and implementation, and in the national budgeting process,” agreed the ministers and permanent secretaries.
Further, the Kyankwanzi meeting also agreed that “The National Development Planning processes, policy formulation and implementation, budgeting, among others shall faithfully reflect and embody the NRM Manifesto 2016 – 2021, and the Strategic Guidelines and Directives issued by the President to Cabinet.”