Civil Society Organisations LASH AT SPEAKER, MPS OVER CHOPPER PURCHASE

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By Kabuye Ronald
civil  society organisations (CSOs) including Uganda debt network(UDN), anti corruption coalition Uganda(ACCU), Civil society budget avocacy group (CSBAG), PATH among others have lashed at government over its proposal to purchase motor vehicles and other transport equipment to enhance service delivery of legislative arm  under the stewardship of the speaker of parliament.
According to Julius Mukunda from CSBAG, parliament of Uganda  budgeted UGX 442.32b for the FY 2017/2018 with a 6% reduction of UGX 27.649 in comparison to the FY2016/2017 budget, adding that these funds put aside, the institution needs an extra UGX284.97b(64% of the Fy 2017/18 budget) to fund outputs that were not accommodated in the availed ceiling.
meanwhile Cissy Kagaba, the executive director ACCU, and Imelda Namagga, Program Manager UDN condemned the prioritizing   the procurement of a Helicopter to facilitate the speaker of parliament and her deputy at the expense of debt e service which all Ugandans are expected to contribute to, adding that domestic financing for HIV/AIDS programmes is less at 25% while the rest is expected to come from donors , which puts patients at a high risk in case donors pull out thus appealing to government to focus on urgent issues that seek to improve human welfare to enhance productivity and production in-country as a first call to increase food security situation as a priority.

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