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Parliament Okays Shs2bn For NRM Manifesto Implementation

Parliament wants NRM request of getting Shs2bn out the 2017/18 budget to support its Manifesto Delivery Unit be granted despite being rejected by Ministry of Finance.

According to a report by the Parliament Budget Committee on the 2017/18 national budget estimates obtained by Business Focus, the legislators have demanded that Ministry of Finance avails the said money, noting that it will help in fast tracking and reporting on the implementation of the NRM manifesto.

In their budget proposals, the Office of the President had requested for Shs2bn to fund the NRM Manifesto Delivery Unit.

“The Committee recommends that Shs2bn be provided to Manifesto Delivery Unit under the Office of the President. The Committee further recommends that the unit should stretch to include presidential pledges and report be submitted to Parliament,” the report reads in part.

NRM’s 2016-2021 Manifesto is running under the theme; “Taking Uganda to Modernity through Job-creation and Inclusive Development”.

In the manifesto, President Yoweri Museveni has assured Ugandans of peace and stability, good governance and economic transformation.

NRM has also promised to deliver Uganda into a middle income status by 2020 despite the country’s Per Capita Income currently being below US$700. To achieve a lower middle income status, a country’s Per Capital Income should be above US$1000.

“The NRM is determined to decisively fight corruption. This is a war that we vow to fight to the end. We will continue pursuing the policy of zero tolerance to corruption,” the manifesto reads in part.

It remains to be seen whether the NRM will deliver all the promises contained in the manifesto, but most importantly making Uganda a middle income country by 2020.

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