Government has tabled a supplementary budget request of Shs 217.2 billion for FY 2018/2019 before parliamentary for approval.
The request, tabled by minister of State for Disaster Preparedness, Musa Ecweru is from State House, Local Government ministry and Muni University.
Shs 33.2 billion of the Shs 217 billion is a request by the State House comptroller to facilitate State House operations and classified expenditure, Shs 1 billion is for Muni University, Shs 182 billion is needed as external financing to local governments from various donors.
Of that, Soroti municipality will get Shs 8.3 billion, Lwengo district Shs 4 billion, Napak district will get Shs 1 billion while Kagadi district will get Shs 1.3 billion and Kwania district Shs 800 million. Fort Portal municipal council is expected to get an additional Shs 68 million and Kira municipal council Shs 280 million.
This request brings the total of supplementary budget requests by government this financial year to Shs 1.8 trillion. Parliament approved a Shs 32.7 trillion budget for the 2018/2019 financial year.
Before laying the latest request, government tabled supplementary expenditures amounting to Shs 1.6 trillion of which Shs 866 billion had already been approved as expenditure within the 3 per cent provision in the Public Finance Management Act, 2015.
The Act provides that the total supplementary expenditure that requires additional funds over and above what was approved by parliament should not exceed 3 per cent of the approved budget for that financial year without parliamentary approval.
Supplementary budgets are supposed to cater for expenditures that cannot be postponed to the next financial year and expenditure that was not foreseeable at the time of preparing the budget. The Public Finance Management Act, 2015 provides that any expenditure, which is not spent according to its provisions, is a loss of public funds.
Therefore the earlier supplementary request of Shs 770.2 billion exceeded the 3 per cent of the 2018/2019 approved budget of Shs 32.7 trillion. In March, parliament approved Shs 292 billion of the Shs 770.2 billion.
Shs 280 billion was approved for the purchase of two aircraft for Uganda National Airline Company and Shs 12 billion to clear for ground rent arrears to Kampala Archdiocese under Uganda Land Commission.
Supplementary requests with pending approval include activities within State House and the Defense ministry among others. State House requested for Shs 1.9 billion to enable Uganda host Africa Now Conference, pay salaries for the State House Anti-corruption unit at Shs 597 million and Shs 760 million to meet the shortfalls under the donations item.
Other requests include Shs 3 billion for the Commission of Inquiry into land matters, ministry of Defense wages for newly recruited Local Defence Unit (LDUs) personnel at Shs 5.4 billion.