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Government suspends creation of new administrative units

Government of Uganda has indefinitely suspended the creation of new administrative units such as districts and sub-counties.

Minister of local government Hon. Raphael Magyezi the new structures have widened the funding gaps of lower local governments and the government is currently looking for money to fund the recently created districts and cities.

He further said that  “we are looking for money to finance the 720 sub-counties, which we recently created and besides, we are just from the election.”

The Committee on defence questions army officials over diversion of 21 billion

The defence Committee on 6th April 2021 questioned army officials including minister of defence and veteran affairs Mr. Adolf Mwesigye.

The diverted funds were part of the current budget that was approved by Parliament.

The Committee raised concerns that instead of repairing the three aircraft belonging to Uganda air Cargo corporation that is under the army, the army leadership paid annual aircraft insurance, trained eight personnel, participated in UPDF/Amisom troop rotation in Somalia and procured spares for one aircraft.

Return the ipads or pay 700,000 shillings

Parliament has given all legislators upto the end of this month (30th April 2021) to return the ipads that Parliament had given them to facilitate their work.

Any MP who does not comply will end up paying between 550,000 to 700,000 shillings depending on the ipad he or she received.

This is according to a letter written by the Clerk to Parliament Ms. Jane Kibirige addressed to all Mps on the 31st of March 2021.

The letter clearly states that all the iPads that were given to MPs are property of the government of Uganda and must therefore be returned before the end of their term in May.

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MPs query Shs. 490 billion for parish model project

The budget Committee questioned the government’s planned expenditure of Ugx. 490 billion on the new parish model project which is meant to eradicate poverty among 68% of the households around the country.

Minister of Finance, Matia Kasaija appeared before the committee to defend the budget estimates for the Financial Year 2021/2022 but the MPs still decline to approve the budget until the procedure for selecting the beneficiaries and the full list of beneficiaries per parish is presented by the minister.