ENTEBBE – State House has so far spent UGX110.6 billion in four months of the 2019/2020 financial year against its approved annual budget of UGX 392 billion.
The revelation is contained in a supplementary expenditure report presented by the Ministry of Finance to Parliament.
State Minister for Planning David Bahati presented the report, which indicated that State House expenditure is 25 percent of the UGX440 billion supplementary funding that was also extended to Education, Tourism and Justice Ministries and local governments.
According to the Public Finance Management Act, 2015, the Finance Ministry must present a report four months after the supplementary funds have been spent.
According to the report, Uganda Revenue Authority spent UGX12.7 billion, Makerere University spent UGX 1.8 billion, Mulago Specialised Women and Neonatal Hospital UGX 5 billion, Entebbe Regional Referral Hospital UGX 45 million while National Citizenship and Immigration Control Department spent an additional UGX11.8 billion.
Local governments spent shillings 59 billion. Among the beneficiaries are Kira Municipal Council (Shillings 7 billion), Mukono Municipal Council (Shillings 3.8 billion), Njeru Municipal Council (Shillings 3.5 billion) and Masindi Municipal Council Shillings 1.2 billion. The additional expenditures are one percent of the total national budget of UGX 40.5 trillion for the 2019/2020 financial year.
Parliament’s Finance Committee is set to scrutinize the supplementary expenditure report.