Parliament of Uganda is yet in another spotlight after it emerged that the House is planning to spend billions of painfully contributed taxpayers’ money on just tea, water, samosa, transport, among other allowances.
Given the increased number of legislators in the House, the budget for committees of Parliament has ridiculously jumped from Shs13 billion to Shs22 billion.
About Shs16 billion will be spent on travelling, both inland and abroad.
But the director communication and public affairs, Chris Obore argues that the increase was because the committees were previously under budgeted.
The increase in parliament’s budget means that taxpayers should brace for yet another challenging year.
It should n remembered that just recently, the media was awash with reports of legislators opposing a proposal to tax their huge allowances like fuel and sitting allowances.
Additionally, parliament takes about 1.2 per cent of the national Budget meaning that even what you see as an increase in committees’ budget is within the 1.2 per cent of the national Budget given to Parliament, according to Obore.