Vice President Thomas Tayebwa pledged to champion efforts to establish diaspora ties.
This, he says, will encourage Ugandans in the diaspora to invest in the country's treasury bonds.
Tayebwa made this pledge at the 34th Uganda North American Association (UNAA) Convention in San Francisco, California on Saturday, September 3, 2022.
"We want you to contribute to national development through diaspora bonds who have helped governments get money from their people in the diaspora," said Tayebwa.
He said the investment opportunities are more in Africa, where the continent is getting a 30 percent return on investment compared to investing in the United States, where the return on investment is as low as one percent for Ugandans.
“Most of you who are fixing money here, you can use your money to buy Ugandan treasuries because we borrow from the domestic market,” he said, adding that “you will find that your money is giving a return on investment of around 15 percent.
cent a year and you can't do it here.
The vice president assured Ugandans that the country's debt relative to Gross Domestic Product is 48 percent compared to the rest of Africa at 50 percent.
"This means that your money is safe.
We allow you to bring your money in and take it out.
We have free zones where if you invest around US$2 million and you also get all these benefits like duty-free cars," Tayebwa said.
He added that Uganda will benefit to the growing population as more countries join the East African Community "East Africa is a market of 400 million people.
By 2050, it is projected to be a market of 854 million people.
We are going to be a much bigger market where it is produced in Uganda and sold to 800 million people, duty free," he said.
Tayebwa said Parliament will discuss strategies to increase Uganda's presence in the US, as a way to maximize business opportunities."When you look at California alone, as a state, it's the fifth largest economy in the entire world, but we don't have any official presence here.
As a government, we have to go back and rethink.
We're going to to support."
He also called on Ugandans to promote unity, saying that working together would make it easier for them to stay in the United States.
“They have immigration problems and then fight against themselves on yellow lines, red lines… to me, they should love their country and focus on promoting it.
The moment we have a country that is loved and held in high esteem, that is what we need," Tayebwa said.
Tayebwa said the diaspora's call to vote in the general election will be considered when it is held.
constitutional review "We are here to listen and discuss with you, but more importantly, to bring home your action points for implementation purposes.
What unites us is the fact that we do not have a second country of choice.
That is our convergence point," Obua said.
Uganda's deputy chief of mission in Washington DC, Ambassador Santa Laker Kinyera, said insufficient budget allocation to the embassy limits them from better serving Ugandans.
"The embassy in Washington DC covers a very wide area.
This requires a better allocation of funds to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Missions abroad.
Of course, we appreciate what Parliament has done to improve ownership," Kinyera said.
Kinyera also revealed that the embassy is in discussion with the Home Office to provide mobile passport processing kits to increase outreach to Ugandans outside Remittance flows to Uganda from abroad amount to $1.2 billion, with $100 million coming from the US, he added.
The Speaker of Parliament, Anita Among, has tasked Chief Minister Whip with updating the House on the progress of the government bills that are expected to come before the House of Parliament.
Among issued the directive during the plenary session on the morning of Tuesday, August 30, 2022.
He noted that the government issued a legislative agenda during the State of the Union Address on June 17, 2022, which contains 62 bills that are expected in the second session of the XI Parliament.
“We need an update on how many of the 62 bills have come to this House, how many are pending, and the way forward.
We want that information,” she directed Between.
Whip Prime Minister Hon. Hamson Obua has pledged to present an update to the House on the Speaker's directive at the next session.
In the afternoon session of the day, Vice President Thomas Tayebwa noted that of the expected 62 bills proposed, the government has so far tabled nine, which have already been considered and passed by the House, and are now awaiting presidential approval.
“We've consumed the bills you brought in, and now we need more business from the government,” he said.
Tayebwa also urged members of parliament to always consult the attorney general when considering bringing private members' bills to the House.
"The Attorney General's Office has a whole unit that has the capacity to comb through all the other laws and guide you so that you do not bring up issues that have already been dealt with in other laws," said the Vice President.
She added: “You may want to introduce primary legislation that could be addressed by an amendment to an existing law, and we end up having a lot of laws that go dormant.
We have to be careful with this."
In the previous session, Speaker Entre issued a stern warning to legislators about the lack of plenary and committee sessions and referred to Rules 112 and 113 of the Rules of Procedure of Parliament that prescribe modalities for the leave or absence of the House and committees.
The regulations also prescribe the corresponding sanction in case of non-compliance.
Among told the House that his study of attendance records for both committee and House business since July 2022, showed high absenteeism from members of Parliament.
“The money they pay us is from the town's taxes.
But when you're not in the constituency or the House, are you representing your people?
We are forced to give them warning letters,” Among said.
She instructed all committee chairs to submit attendance lists to his office, which will be checked against the lists of deputies who regularly attend plenary sessions.
He noted that these will be used to gauge attendance at committee meetings.
“Let's take action!
Sorry, but we have nothing to do about it.
We are helping them as representatives of the people, because tomorrow they will have to come back to this House.
What will you tell people?
He also urged deputies to clock in and out using biometric systems every time they attend plenary sessions, to account for their attendance.
The government has been urged to develop a clear equitable funding formula under the Parish Development Model (PDM) that takes into account different demographic, geographic and socio-economic dynamics.
According to Parliament's Public Service and Local Government Committee, the criteria for the allocation of funds is not based on equity and may not be useful for some parishes.
"The government proposes to give parishes the same amount of money regardless of variations in demographics and geographic size, including the unique needs of different parishes and different levels of poverty," read part of the committee's report.
The report was presented to the House on Thursday, August 25, 2022 by the chair of the committee, the Hon. Godfrey Onzima, in a session chaired by Vice President Thomas Tayebwa.
The report was based on the implementation of the PDM in fiscal year 2021/2022.
The committee found that there is selective focus on PDM pillar three on financial inclusion through the Parish Revolving Fund, at the expense of the other six pillars.
The report cited pillar five on mindset change which has not been prioritized, which it noted would prepare citizens and clarify future concerns before funds are disbursed.
"The government should equally focus on changing the mindset of PDM implementers and citizens while showing the links of other pillars with each other to ensure complementarity," he added.
Onzima said, “The government needs to develop a comprehensive policy framework that establishes and links PDM goals with specific implementation modalities and specific outputs and outcomes.” He also submitted a statement to the House on the diversion of Shs17 million for PDM in FY2021/2022 following concerns raised by Kilak South County MP, Hon. Gilbert Olanya.
Olanya on 12th July 2022 raised a matter of national importance related to the diversion of PDM funds of Shs 17 million for the payment of salaries in Amuru district local government, which was exposed by other parliamentarians on the reduction of the funds received for PDM in their districts.
Onzima said that the committee received presentations from the managing directors of the local governments of Amuru, Hoima, Kamuli, Gomba and Gulu districts.
He added that the alleged case of misuse of PDM funds by local district governments was an isolated case in Amuru district.
Onzima pointed out that the Amuru District Local Government Accountant did not follow the Treasury Secretary's instructions to reuse Shs 75.1 million earmarked for devices and tools for the Parish Revolving Fund. "The committee recommends that the Accounting Director be audited on the use of these funds," Onzima said.
The Minister of State for Finance, Planning and Economic Development (Planning) Hon. Amos Lugoloobi said the Parish Development Management Information System (PDMIS) has been designed to track daily transactions at PDM SACCOs. "If the system is used effectively, the tool will provide full accountability and traceability for the Parish Revolving Funds," the minister said.
He noted that the focus of funding under PDM is only on the 39 percent of subsistence households in each parish, with a mission to transform these households into the cash economy.
He added that for the Parish Revolving Fund in fiscal year 2022/2023, Shs25 million per parish will be disbursed in quarters one and three, while Shs50 million will be disbursed in the second quarter.
“Disbursements will only be made to duly established and listed PDM SACCOs, which are duly registered under the Cooperative Societies Act and issued with registration certificates by the Registrar of Cooperatives,” Lugoloobi said.
The legislators supported the idea of emphasizing the change of mentality and the education of the population about the ideology of the PDM and the necessary requirements to benefit from it.
"As a Chamber, we must devise mechanisms to sensitize our voters and the people on the ground who will administer these funds," said Hon. Cecilia Ogwal (FDC, Dokolo District).
"I ask Cabinet to review the PDM awareness program because many people have misunderstood how it works," added the Hon. Brenda Namukuta (NRM, Kaliro District).
The Vice President urged the Finance Minister to engage Enterprise Uganda to train them on business aspects in order to effectively use PDM funds.
"If we want this money to be a revolving fund to benefit people through business, especially in the agricultural sector, then we need to train our people in business mindset change," Tayebwa said.
He also tasked the Ministers of Local Government, Finance and Agriculture to make presentations to the opposition caucus in Parliament on the PDM, to ensure clarity of the programme.
The Minister of Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquities, Hon. Tom Butime has confirmed that the Wildlife Fund will be operational on October 1, 2022 to begin compensation for victims of human-wildlife conflict.
He said this during a plenary session chaired by Vice President Thomas Tayebwa, on Wednesday, August 24, 2022.
The revelation is in response to a matter raised by the South Namayingo County MP, the Hon. Michael Wanyama on August 11, 2022, regarding the destruction of crops in Namayingo district by hippos and the resulting risk of food insecurity in affected communities.
Butime said that the Uganda Wildlife (Compensation Scheme) Regulations 2022 No.64 and the Uganda Wildlife (Revenue Sharing) Regulations 2022 No.65 were published on 5th August 2022, to give effect to the scheme.
The scheme provides for compensation claims for human death, injury or property damage caused by a wild animal outside a protected area, as provided for in Section 83 of the Uganda Wildlife Act, 2019.
The minister said that since the enactment of the Act, the Uganda Wildlife Authority has set aside 2 per cent of its income which constitutes part of the funds to support the scheme.
“These funds have accumulated to date in excess of Shs900 million.
Other sources of funds for this scheme include the allocation by Parliament which we have not yet benefited from,” Butime said.
He also told the House that the Wildlife Compensation Verification Committee responsible for verifying claims has been fully constituted and will begin work soon.
The minister attributed the cases of human-wildlife conflict to human encroachment on land that previously held wildlife, for purposes of agricultural expansion, which he said has displaced many animal species.
He cited crocodiles and hippos as the species with the highest incidence of human-wildlife conflict, due to overfishing and the opening of wetlands for agricultural purposes.
“The Uganda Wildlife Authority has created a human-wildlife conflict response unit that has been trained in capturing and translocating problem crocodiles.
In Namayingo, a total of 10 problem crocodiles have been relocated from Lugaga, Bumeru, Dolwe and Malongo,” said Butime.
He added that five crocodile safe cages in Mwango 1, Butanira A, Butanira B, Mwagonda and Dolwe Island in Namayingo district will provide drinking water points for community members.
However, the recent rise in the levels of Lake Victoria has affected the effectiveness of the cages that have been flooded.
Hon. Agnes Taaka (NRM, Bugiri District Women MP) tasked the minister to generate a list of people affected by human-wildlife conflict, who will benefit from the compensation scheme.
“You have to know who will benefit, otherwise once the fund is operational it could end up benefiting other communities that are not affected,” Taaka said.
Hon. Patience Kinshaba (NRM, Kanungu District MP) expressed concern about problem elephants in Queen Elizabeth National Park destroying the food crops of locals in neighboring areas.
“I understand that there is an acquisition process to fence the national park.
The ministry concerned should speed up this process.
I also pray that the affected people receive food,” Kinshaba said.
Hon. Cecilia Ogwal (FDC, Dokolo District MP) urged the government to engage in high-level awareness raising of communities on how to live alongside wildlife.
“We should invest in community protection and sustainability, as well as fencing, so we can have preventative measures,” she added.
The National Economy Commission of the Parliament proposed in a report to limit the minimum amount of external loans to less than US$20 million to minimize the costs related to contracting loans and maximize the benefits.
The report was presented by the committee's vice-chairman, Hon. Robert Migadde, during a plenary session held on Tuesday, August 23, 2022.
“The committee further recommends that the government should, in the future, develop internal financing mechanisms for development projects.
small scale to avoid future debt pressures,” the committee report reads.
Migadde told the House that the overall performance of the Karamoja Infrastructure Development Phase II (KIDPII) is zero, as of August 2022, according to a report on the performance of the 10 million euro loan from the Government of Italy intended to finance the project under the Health Sector Development Plan. Migadde said the project's financiers have not made loan disbursements, which is attributed to delays by the finance ministry in establishing key credit conditions that would trigger loan disbursement for project implementation.
“As a result, the project's objectives, outputs and expected results have not been met despite the timely approval of this loan by the Parliament of Uganda,” he added.
The committee's report revealed that the Ministry of Finance signed the financing agreement without requesting the legal opinion of the Attorney General, in contravention of Article 119 4 (b) of the Constitution.
It also revealed that the disbursement of the loan was affected by endless correspondence between different officials of the Attorney General's Office and the Ministry of Finance over a period of two years.
The report made recommendations including holding officials who signed the funding agreement without legal input from the Attorney General personally accountable for shortcomings in project delays.
"The committee further recommends that the Ministry of Finance, the Attorney General and any other relevant ministry to meet the conditions of effectiveness of a loan, should form a committee to minimize bureaucracy in interministerial correspondence," the report reads.
Attorney General Bro. Kiryowa Kiwanuka noted that a lot of time is wasted on intergovernmental departmental communications and letters, but said there are plans to make it more seamless.
“We have adopted a new method where we meet physically, go through these processes and then make an opinion after we have discussed them.
Now we are moving more efficiently than before,” Kiryowa Kiwanuka said.
On the committee's recommendation that the government absorb financing for small-scale projects without borrowing, Vice President Thomas Tayebwa said it would be costly in the long run.
“How does the government get this money?
Some of it is borrowed from the money market at more than 15 percent through bonds and bills.
This loan from Italy is one that we are receiving without management or commitment fees.
This is more or less an interest-free loan,” said Tayebwa.
He also told the Chamber that the first batch of 5 million euros of the loan will be released to start the execution of the project.
MPs Hon. Rose Obigah (NRM, Terego District) and the Hon. Faith Nakut (NRM, Napak District) called for monitoring of the projects in the country to ensure their effective implementation.
The Karamoja Infrastructure Development Phase II was designed to address the low distribution of health care infrastructure, improve the coverage situation, access and quality of health care in the region.
The Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Cooperatives will introduce the Consumer Protection Bill in the House of Parliament in a bid to protect Ugandans from substandard products on the market.
The revelation was made by the Minister of State for Commerce, Hon. David Bahati, during the plenary session on Tuesday, August 23, 2022.
He said so when responding to a matter of national importance raised by the Hon. Jackson Atima (NRM, Central Arua) regarding the deaths of people in West Nile due to suspected alcohol poisoning.
Bahati noted that the ministry is increasing enforcement and surveillance of low-quality products, particularly at the parish and village levels, to protect consumers.
Raising the matter, Hon. Atima noted that 14 people have died in West Nile due to alcohol poisoning, six in Arua town, three in Arua district and five in Madi-Okollo district.
He added that several others are admitted to the Arua Regional Referral Hospital, having consumed allegedly poisonous local alcohol that was labeled as certified, though not officially recognized by the Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS).
“UNBS offices in Northern Uganda are only located in Gulu and Lira [districts] that are far from the West Nile. The government should establish a regional office in West Nile so that we can protect the lives of our consumers,” said Atima.
Bahati told the Chamber that after the incident was reported, the Ministry of Commerce sent a team of UNBS officials who assessed the situation and took samples to analyze the content of the liquid consumed by the victims.
“The production point of this particular liquor has been closed and we are working with the Arua Police to carry out more investigations and more arrests in case we find the culprits,” he added.
The minister also said that the government is setting up regional laboratories under UNBS with one already established in Gulu, with others expected within four years in other regions including Arua. Vice President Thomas Tayebwa expressed concern about misleading advertisements posted on different media channels and urged the minister to take action on it.
“Some of these products are widely advertised and some of them mislead our people.
Can you reach an agreement with the UCC to ensure that the media stops airing these misleading advertisements, Tayebwa said.
Bahati has pledged to work with the Uganda Communications Commission to address misleading advertising of some products in the Ugandan market.
Vice President Thomas Tayebwa has called for cooperation with Vietnam to develop the country's coffee value chain for the benefit of farmers.
In a meeting with Vietnam's designated ambassador to Uganda, HE Nguyen Nam Tien, on Monday, August 22, 2022, the vice president said that mutual cooperation in coffee will unlock the trade potential of the two countries.
“We look forward to Vietnam's support in agricultural value-added areas, especially coffee.
Vietnam is very good at processing coffee and Uganda is the largest coffee producer in Africa,” said Tayebwa.
He added: “…we would like to learn from you, especially the development of varieties that are resistant to drought, varieties that are resistant to disease but also give farmers very high yields,” Tayebwa said.
The meeting was also attended by the Honorary Consul of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam in Uganda, King Caesar Mulenga.
Tien praised the climate in Uganda and said that he seeks more cooperation between the governments of the two countries.
He said that the two countries will soon celebrate 50 years of cooperation and it will be a great opportunity to revitalize relations between the two nations.
Tayebwa said the international coffee industry needs an overhaul to ensure farmers and coffee-producing countries get the most out of the product.
“Records show that coffee-producing countries share no more than 25 percent of the income that comes from the coffee industry.
The countries that do not produce coffee are the ones that benefit the most; we need to work and strengthen our relationships as coffee producers to be able to demand more for the good of our coffee farmers and also for the development of our economies,” he said.
The renewed cooperation between Uganda and Vietnam will focus on areas of investment, finance and institutional reforms, according to Tien.
Vice President Thomas Tayebwa has said the government will ensure Indians in Uganda have peace and are treated as equal citizens.
Tayebwa made the statement on Friday, August 19, 2022 at the Nsambya Railways Ground, where he was the main guest at the Pramukh Swami Maharaj centenary celebrations.
Pramukh is the founder, spiritual teacher and guide of BAPS, a major branch of the Swaminarayan Sampradaya, a Hindu denomination.
Pramukh traveled the world to teach people about spirituality and positivity and was an inspiration to millions of people around the world with his motto: "In the joy of others is our own".
Tayebwa assured the support of the Indian community and asked for respect from the Indians.
“We are also doing our best to ensure that Indians in Uganda have peace and are not treated as second-class citizens, but as equal citizens of Uganda with all the benefits,” said Tayebwa.
AUDIO Vice President Tayebwa was accompanied by the High Commissioner of India in Uganda, HE Shri A.
He also commented on Pramukh's works and times saying that he worked hard for the joy of others and not for himself.
Tayebwa said that one cannot maintain happiness if it is only them and their families.
“He has also shown us the virtues of hard work because he couldn't sleep; he was always working but his life also showed us devotion to God. He showed us that at any moment you can dedicate your mind to God, whether you are alone or in the crowd.” He says.
Tayebwa also said that Parliament will pay tribute to Pramukh Swami, who said that he was selfless and dedicated his life to serving and inspiring others for the good of the community.
Pramukh visited Uganda in 2004 and opened the new assembly hall at the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir (Hindu temple) in Kampala.
Lawmakers have said that corruption and collusion are to blame for the closure of the Isimba hydroelectric plant.
Members of Parliament responded to the statement by the Minister for Energy and Mining Development, Hon. Ruth Nankabirwa on the emergency closure of the plant.
The 183-megawatt Isimba hydroelectric power station in Kayunga district was closed on Monday, August 8, 2022.
Nankabirwa told MPs that the plant was flooded due to maintenance work.
“One of the generating units was out of use to allow the contractor to perform routine maintenance.
At the time of the incident, scheduled work included the installation and testing of contractor-supplied equipment for safe access to the power plant,” Nankabirwa said.
She said that while the Uganda Electricity Generation Company (UEGCL) operations and maintenance team was trying to create a safe working environment within the power plant work area, a malfunction occurred that caused water to flow into the power plant.
“Consequently, the dam's safety procedures were automatically activated to ensure the safety of personnel, the protection of equipment and production, and the prevention of potential dam failures.
Investigations are underway to establish the cause of this incident,” Nankabirwa said.
She assured MPs that appropriate steps are being taken to restore power production within three weeks.
“In these three weeks, we have decided to use the manual mode; The plant has two systems, automated and manual.
Within three weeks we will start generation but not at full capacity, full capacity will start in six weeks,” she said.
The Minister also clarified that the country's installed power generation capacity is 1,378.1 megawatts, indicating excess generation relative to the country's maximum system demand of 900 megawatts, including 50 megawatts of power export to Kenya.
“It is important to note that without major system failures, such as the loss of a major generating facility, as we have experienced with the Isimba hydropower station, Uganda's current total generating capacity is sufficient to meet our electricity demand.
current," he said.
Nankabirwa added that power from some of the plants is not fully evacuated due to a lack of transmission and distribution infrastructure.
The Southern Bugabula County MP, Hon. However, Maurice Kibalya asked the Minister to be very interested in the real cause of the complete closure, saying that it was intentional.
“The issue that happened was not the flood; the problem was technical and chances are they are intentional.
Take interest in the cost of the thermals after the closure of Isimba, you'll see.
Some of these things are not by accident or mistake,” Kibalya said.
Hon. Abigaba Cuthbert (NRM, Kibale County) said that by generating more than the country consumes, the country is spending a lot of money and yet it cannot be consumed.
“In engineering studies it means that our engineers are not doing a good job for us, so there is a problem.
That is why I want to side with my brother Hon. Kibalya that they are in some kind of sabotage or possibly the ministry has run out of competent engineers to manage the system,” he said.
The Kigorobya County Deputy, H.E. David Karubanga said that the minister stopped short of disclosing the real cause of the total closure.
“When there is a flood, it is a failure in the power supply and the irrigation pumps or leaks that exceed the drainage system.
I also join other colleagues who want to say that the construction of electric dams has been a big problem,” he said.
Hon. Agnes Atim Apea (NRM, Amolatar District) said the closure shows inefficiency and poor planning of electricity generation.
“If you know the electricity generation capacity and one plant goes out, I don't see how it affects the whole system.
Every year we appropriate more than 100 billion Shs for energy, how do you start generating what you know you can't evacuate?
Either it is collusion or corruption,” she said.
The deputy of the county of Aringa Sur, Hon. Yorke Alioni Odria questioned why the country is generating excess power and yet some parts of the country like West Nile have a shortage of power supply.
“The minister should be clear about this.
She needs to tell Parliament the way forward; we are not going to get loans and the money is not used.
The country is losing.
No kidding, this country is sinking because people are not sincere,” she said.
Hon. Lillian Aber (NRM, Kitgum District) also asked the minister to pay close attention to contractors, saying most of them do not deliver.
“The minister must take a great interest and ensure that contracts are awarded to people who comply.
We have had the issue of installing the transformer and it has taken four years.
The providers let us down in terms of quality,” she said.
Deputy of the Kimaanya-Kabonera Division, Hon. Abed Bwanaki called for a thorough investigation of the energy sector.
“81 percent of Ugandans are not connected to the electricity grid, but energy is the engine of the economy, but people cannot access energy,” he said.
Vice President Thomas Tayebwa referred the matter to the Natural Resources Committee and gave a three-week deadline for the report.
“Make sure you don't interfere with ongoing repair work; we do not want Parliament to be used as an excuse.
This is a dam that we put in place no more than two years ago and we know the rainfall patterns.
How can we say that we never foresaw such a situation, can we remedy it?” he said.
He also urged the Minister to address the mismatch between consumable capacity, installed capacity and generation capacity.
“We are cheated as a country and especially when it comes to paying adjustable energy costs that exceed hundreds of billions each financial year.
Because why do you sign an agreement, start paying and do not intend to evacuate that power.
That is poor planning,” he said.
Members of parliament have expressed discontent over the government's long delay in giving money to the Road Fund for road maintenance.
MPs were dismayed that even when funds are released late, they are insufficient and have left many roads in disrepair.
Kitgum District MP, H.E. Lillian Aber said that local governments receive funds that are insufficient to repair the roads.
“The 25 million shs given to some local governments is really a joke.
If we can look at the challenges that we have encountered in our constituencies, we have lost people, MPs have bought ambulances but they break down within months,” Aber said.
The concerns followed a statement by the Minister of State for Finance (Planning), Hon. Amos Lugoloobi on releases to the Uganda Road Fund released on Wednesday, August 17, 2022.
Lawmakers complained about insufficient funds allocated to their constituencies and criticized the Ministry of Finance for deliberately failing the Fund. “Imagine that a district like Isingiro receives 20 million shs; How do you expect people to benefit from this?
How do you expect our people to develop?
said the Honorable Stephen Kangwagye (Indep., Bukanga County).
MPs did not accept Lugoloobi's justification that the Fund's funding was affected by financial constraints.
"I have pain; we said add shs1,000 in a liter of fuel and it will go to Road Fund. When you tabulate, you get about 1 billion shss a year; Why can't we use this money?
asked Brother Nathan Byanyima (NRM, North Bukanga).
The Uganda Highway Fund Act stipulates that the sources of funds include fuel taxes, road license fees, and road and bridge tolls.
Vice President Thomas Tayebwa said the ministry was putting the burden of road maintenance on MPs. “You are telling the public that it should be the parliamentarians who should go to work on their roads; you are telling me to go work on the roads in North Ruhinda,” said Tayebwa.
He said that the Ministry of Finance often shies away from putting the Fund into operation and questioned whether tax revenue intended to finance the Fund was diverted.
Lugoloobi said that only shhs 5.7 billion had been released for maintenance of national roads and shhs 6.2 billion for district urban and community access roads as of July 2022.
He added that for the August-October quarter, 18,000 had been released Shs million to serve national roads For local government roads, Lugoloobi said the ministry was financially strapped.
“While the previous special funds were legally created, it is no longer sustainable to put them into operation given current trends, reforms and potential negative consequences,” Lugoloobi said.
Adjumani District Deputy, H.E. Jesca Ababiku said that the government should come out and declare to the public what it can provide and relieve leaders of pressure from constituents.
“This statement confirms what the Finance Minister recently said that the economy is limping.
Our government must come out and make it clear that our budget cannot be implemented so that as leaders we are not pressured,” Ababiku said.
Tayebwa directed Lugoloobi to inquire further about the financing of the Road Fund and update Parliament on Tuesday, August 20, 2022.