Parliament slashes KCCA budget, wants Kampala land board investigated

Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) is likely to suffer a 40 percent decrease in its expenditure budget following a recommendation by a Parliamentary committee to re-allocate monies that the city authority had earmarked for corporate services.

According the KCCA ministerial policy statement, more than Shs 6.3bn had been planned for corporate services but MPs on the Presidential Affairs committee found no justification.

They thus recommended that Shs 2.5bn be transferred to other priority interventions as identified by the committee, leaving Shs 3.7bn for activities listed under corporate services.

KCCA had planned to use Shs 600m of the budget on registration of boda boda operators in the city, an activity that the State Minister for Kampala Benny Namugwanya Bugembe said had been sanctioned by cabinet.

The MPs however disregarded her justification for the planned expenditure.

The lawmakers also rejected the Shs 220m that KCCA planned to inject in Uganda Railways since it falls under the Ministry of Works and Transport.

The MPs also raised questions on a Shs 500m budget listed as KCCA’s remittance to teachers and health workers Savings credit and co-operative society (SACCO) in addition to a Shs 250m external travel budget for the authority’s bosses.

Other requests rejected were Shs 900m to cover legal feea for Kampala Land Board and Shs 106m for conducting of elections in Kampala markets.

All these costs, the MPs reasoned, are catered for under the budget for Human resource and administration.

As for Kampala Land Board, the MPs recommended that Parliament commissions an investigation into corruption allegations against officials of land board.

The recommendation was based on numerous litigations instituted against the Kampala Land Board arising out of the board’s allocation a single plot of land to different individuals.

The MPs also failed to find justification for more than Shs 90.4bn which was proposed for the Administration and Human Resource department.

KCCA had argued that Shs 9bn of the budget was meant for settlement of Pay as you earn (PAYE) tax arrears.

But the MPs disagreed with the argument since PAYE deductions are supposed to be done monthly at source when paying salaries.

This anomaly, the MPs argued, would imply that KCCA has not been remitting monthly PAYE taxes to URA.