Earlier on in June, 2020, the Parliament of Uganda under the stewardship of Hon. Speaker Rebecca Kadaga passed a 45.49 trillion national budget for the 2020/2021 financial year as read out and prepared by the Minister of Finance Hon. Matia Kasaija.
However, in a shocking move, Parliament has passed a supplementary budget of 3.729 trillion to take care of the expenses that arose from the COVID-19 pandemic and other pertinent issues that had not been well catered for in the first budget.
However, all this did not go without some controversy in Parliament. One of the major points of controversy arose from the 1.982 trillion that had been set-aside for classified expenditure and the 223km road project in the Democratic Republic of Congo (D.R.C.).
To some legislators like Hon. Nandala Mafabi of Budadiri County West, this was a mere wastage of the taxpayers’ money that Parliament ought not to approve just a month into the second quarter of the financial year.
Worth noting is the fact that 1.1 trillion has been allocated to the Defense and Veterans Affairs Ministry for classified expenditure as State House gets 450 B worth classified expenditure in addition to the 357 B for the transformation of former municipalities to newly created cities.