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Oulanyah sets tough conditions for budget debate

Deputy Speaker of Parliament Jacob Oulanyah. (PHOTO/FILE)

KAMPALA – Deputy Speaker, Jacob Oulanyah has set tough guidelines that Legislators are supposed to follow ahead of the consideration of the 2019/2020 ministerial policy statements for the various Ministries, Departments and Agencies.

While issuing his communication during today’s plenary sitting, Mr. Oulanyah said that for Parliament to have a smooth flow of the budgeting process, the MPs will be required to choose one topic they will submit on but they are required to register with the Clerk to Parliament.

With the 30th April deadline for passing ministerial policy statement drawing close, the Deputy Speaker said that although the sectoral Committees are concluding the process of considering the budget, the process has been slow with blame lying on the Ministry of Finance that has been accused of delaying to effect changes in the ministerial policy statements.

Mr. Oulanyah called out the Ministry of Finance for delaying to make adjustments in the allocation of figures which in turn delays the Ministries to complete submission of ministerial policy statements noting; “I call upon the Ministry of Finance henceforth to clean up its house and meet its obligation as part of the Public Finance Management Act. Without addressing such acts, Parliament will continue having difficulty in meeting the timelines of processing the budget spelt out in the statute.”

Mr. Oulanyah said that with Parliament having sixteen sectoral committees and due to the great task ahead compared to the time we have, Parliament to sit from Monday to Friday for the budget period compared to the Tuesday-Thursday sittings Parliament has been having.

He then laid rules of the budget consideration noting; “During consideration of the ministerial policy statement, the Parliament will choose to speak on one topic, a member will be allowed to speak for three minutes and therefore, a precise and concise cause of action advisable to MPs. Members are advised to choose one committee to submit on and register with the clerk, the first fifteen members to register will be allowed to debate on that sector.”

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