KAMPALA - The chairpersons of the parliamentary sectoral committees have expressed disappointment over the ministry of finance's failure to appear before the committee of finance and present the proposed budget framework paper.
According to the public finance management act, the ministry was given 15 days of the new year to present a paper to the respective committees to be scrutinized.
The act also gives the committee the 1st of February to present the report on the flow of parliament. However, in the opening of the meeting, the committee chairperson Patrick Isiagi disclosed that the ministry was unable to attend the meeting prompting the committee chairperson to postpone the meeting to Monday.
But this has angered the chairpersons including the defense committee chairperson Rosemerry Nyakikongoro who described this as abuse of office where the house is taken for granted. She cited the members for going to the festive season to attend a meeting that never existed.
Meanwhile, the chairperson of the committee of natural resource doctors Emmanuel Otala also described the move as aimed at derailing the work of parliament since the ministry has on several occasions it’s the ministry doing the appropriation leaving the funds approved by parliament.
In a related development, the chairperson of the presidential committee Jesca Abibiku wonders if the remaining period of time will be enough for the committee to scrutinize this work.
Relatedly Mawogola woman MP Namugga Gareth accused the ministry of wasting the taxpayers' money by organizing meetings and they do not show up. The MPs are also wondering if the meeting will be conducted on Monday yet there will be a cabinet meeting.
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