The Deputy Speaker, Rt. Hon. Jacob Oulanya has expressed displeasure in the Ministry of Finance for their failure to present the Ministerial Policy Statements, Budget estimates, the Budget Framework Paper and Tax Bills to the House in time.
This was during the sitting on Thursday March 26, in Parliament.
The Deputy Speaker’s remarks followed the Ministry of Finance’s having failure to meet the deadlines of 31st December 2014 and 12th March 2015 respectively for handing in the National Budget documents for approval to the Parliament.
“When will Parliament look at these documents and when will it be in time for approval,” the Deputy Speaker asked. “Other people are unfortunately going to have to pay for this,” he said.
The new Minister of State for Finance, Hon. David Bahati expressed apologies on behalf of the Ministry for the delay in presenting the documents to the House.
“We promise to have the Ministerial Policy statements, Budget estimates, Budget framework paper and Tax Bills in the house by 1st April 2015 at 2 pm,” he said.
Rt. Hon. Oulanya highlighted the urgency of the matter citing it as a serious problem considering the House has to tackle the assignment in one month.
He encouraged the Opposition Shadow Ministers to hand in their alternative budget as soon as the Budget documents are brought to the House.
He also urged for commitment from the Parliament and Ministry of Finance in working to see that the National Budget is delivered in time.