The Public Service and Local Government committee of Parliament has rejected a request of 3 billion Shillings for the purchase of new vehicles for the Ministry of Public Service.
The request was presented today by the Ministry’s acting Permanent Secretary, Adah Muwanga.
She said the Ministry needed to procure among other items, three Land cruiser vehicles for the 1st Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Public Service each valued at 134,999 Dollars an equivalent of 400 million Shillings.
The ministry also planned to procure a vehicle for the State Minister in the Ministry of Public Service at a cost of 120,000 Dollars (355 million Shillings), and another for the Permanent Secretary at a cost of 78915 Dollars an equivalent of 233 million Shillings.
She said the ministry also needs at least 12 Double Cabin pick up vehicles for field activities and 3 mid-range station wagons for three directorates.
Muwanga told the committee that the current fleet of 40 vehicles needs replacement.
However, the request was resisted by committee members who questioned the rationale in the purchase amid the several unfunded priorities in the sector.
Committee members unanimously resolved that the Ministry uses the money to facilitate other unfunded priorities or expunge it from the budget.
Rukiga County MP Jack Sabiiti advised the Ministry to auction the hundreds of old cars that are lying idle in the ministry parking lots.
He said the auction should raise part of the money needs to replace the fleet.
Roland Mugume, the Rukungiri Municipality MP Mugume said the request should be rejected and the money re-channeled to other priority areas.
Committee chairperson, Grace Kwiyucwiny said the ministry needs to enhance the salaries for all civil servants totalling 3.4 trillion Shillings in the 2015/2016 financial year, a priority that has not been budgeted for.