What’s in government’s Shs 770 billion supplementary budget request

In a February 19 letter to the Clerk of Parliament Jane Kibirige, the Ministry of Finance indicated that government intends to seek Parliament’s approval for an extra Shs 770.2 billion to top the Shs 1.17 trillion that was included in the second supplementary schedule, under Section 25 of the Public Finance Management Act.

More than 50 percent of the budget request will go to the Ministry of Defence for classified expenditures. The documents currently before Parliament are not elaborate but there are already questions within the Parliamentary corridors on the intent of the Shs 380 billion request for classified expenditure especially that it has come at a time when relations between Uganda and Rwanda are tense.

More Shs 280 billion has been earmarked for the revival of Uganda Airlines that is expected to become fully operational mid this year.

Already, two of the four CRJ900 regional jets Uganda ordered from Canadian aircraft manufacturer – Bombardier are out of factory waiting to be flown to Uganda.

State House is to get Shs 10 billion for the purchase of Okello House near the Nakasero State House. The building belonging to businessman Alex Okello was occupied by the presidency in the 1990s over security reasons because of its close proximity to the second official presidential residence.

It currently houses the presidential press unit and some security offices.

Justice Catherine Bamugemereire’s land probe commission is to be given Shs 2 billion to fund its activities while Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries is to get Shs 3 billion for the purchase of foot and mouth disease drugs.

Another Shs 5 billion will be spent an international legal battle involving Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

Buganda Kingdom is going to advanced Shs 3 billion through the Ministry of LandsHousing and Urban Development in compensation of its properties that were taken over by the central government following the 1966 abolition of traditional institutions.

National Agricultural Advisory Services (NAADS) will be given Shs 10 billion for purchase of planting materials for Atiak Sugar Factory in Northern Uganda while SHs 12 billion will go to the completion of the Uganda Martyrs Shrine at Namugongo.