Mpuuga to Parliament: Halt Approval of KCCA Budget

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In short
Mpuuga says that while the Minister for Kampala Frank Tumwebaze informed the Presidential Affairs Committee that there were reports and minutes from the divisions in relation to the budget, the committee did not receive any proof from him.

Mathias Mpuuga, the Masaka municipality Member of parliament has asked parliament not to approve the Kampala Capital City Authority-KCCA budget estimates for the 2014/2015 financial year budget. This is contained in Mpuuga’s minority report on the presidency ministerial policy statement on the KCCA budget he tabled today before parliament.
 
KCCA is seeking 254billion shillings for the 2014/2015 financial year budget. Mpuuga sits on the Presidential affairs, which scrutinized the policy statement from the presidency ministry and presented its findings to the house. Mpuuga wants the KCCA budget disapproved because of a flawed budgeting process.
 
Mpuuga notes that section 5 & 6 of the KCCA Act provides for the composition of the Authority and section 7 provides for the functions of the Authority, which includes determination of taxation levels, powers to initiate and formulate policy and section 49 provides for Authority budgetary powers and procedures.
 
He says it is from the reports of the budgetary committee under KCCA that a budget proposal is generated and approved by the Authority. Mpuuga says to date, there is no budget committee in place, adding that, the presidency minister Frank Tumwebaze instead constituted working groups, which he says are illegal and not provided for in the KCCA act.
 

Sction 31 of the KCCA Act, requires divisional town clerks to present division budgets to the divisional council, which are then passed on to the Authority for scrutiny and inclusion in the main KCC budget. Mpuuga says that while the Minister for Kampala Frank Tumwebaze informed the Presidential Affairs Committee that there were reports and minutes from the divisions in relation to the budget, the committee did not receive any proof from him.
 
He further notes that Tumwebaze informed the committee that the appropriate Authority committees made their input to the budget but that no report or minutes have been received by the committee to that effect. He claims the budget could have been the handwork of an individual and does not carry the aspirations of the people of Kampala through their elected representatives. Mpuuga questions where Tumwebaze got the budget and on whose behalf he tabled it since the people’s input is absent.
 
He asks parliament to halt approving the KCCA budget saying it will help the minister to reflect on his current work. He also recommends that Parliament may have to look at its rules of procedures and consider transferring KCCA to another committee or an entirely new committee to be set up for the entity given its size and functions.

//Cue in: “right honorable speaker……
Cue out:……budgeting process”//

 However,  Jacob Oulanyah, the deputy speaker of parliament says halting the approval of the KCCA budget is not the right decision since the authority takes care of many issues in the city and has employers who are bound to suffer.
 
He appealed for negotiations between the opposition and government sides in Parliament to come up with a solution saying that the KCCA dispute cannot be tackled in the budget debate.
 
 
 

 

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Olive Nakatudde
Olive Nakatudde is a URN journalist based in Kampala. Nakatudde has been a URN staff member since 2013.

Nakatudde started out in journalism in 2009 with Dembe FM radio in Kampala. In 2012, Nakatudde joined Voice of Africa as a political reporter. She has been a photographer since her journalism school days at Makerere University.

Nakatudde is interested in good governance and public policy, which she reports on intensively from the Uganda Parliament. She is a keen follower of cultural affairs in Buganda Kingdom and covers the kingdom's Lukiiko (parliament). Nakatudde also reports on education and health.