By Jane Nambi
MPs have approved a supplementary budget which will cater for the salaries of several public servants who have taken long without receiving their salaries.
Among the affected are health workers, teachers and other public servants. Some public servants last received their salaries in January while teachers last received their salaries in April.
The supplementary budget was forwarded to the Ministry of Finance by the Budget Committee asking for a total of sh46.9 billion which will cater for the salaries of the civil servants. Last week, the Ministry of Finance released more than Shs120 billion for salaries but said there was a shortfall that necessitated a supplementary.
The Education ministry needs Shs4.6 billion for teachers’ salaries, while health needs Shs3.8 billion for workers in referral hospitals. Internal Affairs needs Shs19.5 billion for police and Ministry of Finance says it requires Shs7.7 billion to strengthen the security of the Integrated Financial and material System. Government wants to acquire Oracle software at a cost of about Shs2 billion in a bid to meet a donor conditionality that it strengthens security of its accounting systems.
“Let’s pass the supplementary which was assigned to us [the Budget Committee],” Amos Lugoloobi (NRM, Ntenjeru North) said. “Let’s take the risk and transfer the burden to the House. Let the teachers not suffer because of the mismanagement of the people in the Ministry of Finance.”
With barely two weeks to the end of the financial year, junior Finance minister Fred Omach tabled this Shs46.9 billion request in Parliament.