Parliament asks Shs77bn supplementary budget

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Parliament is requesting for a supplementary budget of 77.6 billion Shillings to cover for money that was reallocated during the current 2016/2017 financial year.

The request is highlighted in a letter dated May 25 written by the Clerk to Parliament Jane Kibirige to the finance ministry.

Parliament Director of Communications and Public Affairs, Chris Obore says that in the course of the financial year, parliament reallocated funds from different activities to facilitate purchase of vehicles for legislators, a development which affected its financial status and operations.

Over 86 billion Shillings was budgeted for the purchase of vehicles for 431 Members of Parliament, a cost that went up from the initial budget of 64 billion Shillings. Each vehicle was budgeted at a cost of 150 million Shillings.

Although Obore could not indicate the specific amount of money that was reallocated from the various budget items, media reports recently indicated that 5.5 billion Shillings had been sliced from all committee budgets this financial year to purchase the vehicles.

“We picked money from the development fund, our development projects stalled including the construction of the new chamber, there is no new money parliament is asking for, it is asking for what it had budgeted,” Obore said.

Source: URN