Members of the Parliamentary Commission met the Committee on Legal and Parliamentary Affairs on Wednesday 22nd April, 2015 to present the Budget Framework paper and Policy Statement of the Parliamentary Commission.
The Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Committee, led by the Chairperson, Hon. Tashobya Stephen met the Parliamentary Commission led by Commissioner, Hon. Rosemary Sseninde, at the Parliament.
Hon. Sseninde was grateful to the Commission for considering and approving the provision of new office spaces.
She highlighted a few key areas that the Committee needs to recommend in the Budget Framework paper.
“I request that the committee recommends funding for extension of chambers and considers the salary gaps and reviews,” Hon. Sseninde said.
The Clerk to Parliament, Mrs. Jane Kibirige chipped in to the submission saying the Parliamentary Commission was facing funding gaps in certain areas.
“Due to recruitment of new staff and salary increments, there is a funding gap of Ushs 11 billion and a funding gap of Ushs 66 billion under the non-wages bill respectively,” Mrs. Kibirige said.
The Chairperson of the Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Committee, Hon. Tashobya Stephen made a few comments on the submission concerning the salary increment and allocation of new offices.
“As a principle, the increment of salary of staff needs to be looked at because we have been increasing staff salaries in other institutions. However, it is sensitive and we need to handle it carefully,” Hon. Tashobya explained.
He added that the Parliamentary Commission needs to provide the Committee with a general layout of the allocation of the new offices.