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MPs: Kasaija Illegally Read 2020/21 Budget Different From What Parliament Passed

The Chairperson of Parliament’s Budget Committee, Amos Lugolobi questioned the inconsistencies in the budget speech delivered Finance Minister Matia Kasaija (pictured) last Thursday.

Raising a matter of national importance on the floor of Parliament today, the Ntenjeru North lawmaker said the speech was different from what Parliament passed, a thing he said is illegal.

Lugoloobi informed MPs that despite Parliament approving the 400 billion to be utilized on payment of arrears, the minister in his speech indicated 673 billion had been allocated for this slot.

He noted  that there are laws governing the budget process and if government wanted to make any changes, they had to first seek the approval of Parliament.

He asked the Speaker to compel the Minister to explain the variance in figures in the budget he read to the country and that which was passed by parliament.

Lugoloobi’s complaint was supported by other MPs, who also wanted Kasaija sent to the rules committee which prompted the speaker to direct him to appear before parliament tomorrow and explain the variance in figures on various items.

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