September 12, 2013

Kadaga Announces Travel Ban On Ministers Over Budget

Ugandan Ministers and Parliamentary Committee Chairpersons whose reports on ministerial Policy Statements for financial year 2013/2014 have not yet been considered by Parliament are barred from travelling, the Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga has announced.

Finance Minister Maria Kiwanuka (L) and Speaker Rebecca Kadaga
Finance Minister Maria Kiwanuka (L) and Speaker Rebecca Kadaga

The decision was made on Thursday during a meeting between Kadaga and President Yoweri Museveni who expressed concern at the delay in approving the budget.

Kadaga noted that the meeting resolved that both the Executive and Parliament need to prioritise the budget process and that any minister whose budget report had not been yet considered by the House will not be allowed to travel until the process is over.

“The chairpersons whose committees have not yet reported are equally embargoed from travel, we want now to work expeditiously and complete all reports tomorrow so that we can do appropriation next week”. Kadaga noted.

So far the House has considered ministerial policy statements of Ministry of Trade, Ministry of Internal Affairs, ministry of Defense, Presidential policy Statements and that of Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

At the moment, the House is handling the ministerial policy statement of the East African Community Ministry, to be followed by the Education and Sports Ministry Ministerial policy statement.

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