Parliament Suspends Plenary Sittings To Handle Budget
Parliament has suspended its plenary sittings to allow committees to scrutinise ministerial policy statements for the different sectors.
The Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Jacob Oulanyah directed on April 6, 2017 that all standing committees shall not sit with immediate effect until the budget process is completed.
Oulanyah said only sectoral committees will be allowed to sit and handle their respective sector budgets. The House recently reconvened after a three-week recess to allow the committees to handle the budget process.
However, several ministries had by last week not submitted their ministerial policy statements.
Oulanyah said Parliament has up to May 31 to pass the budget, hence need for the August House to beat the deadline.
He said any standing committee which has urgent business to attend to must seek permission from the Speaker’s office to do so.
“All sittings of standing committees suspended until the budget process is completed. Unless it is a really special case that needs urgent granting of permission, we shall not allow them,” Oulanyah stated.
On March 4, State Minister of Finance, David Bahati presented estimates of the 2017/2018 financial year in Parliament.
The budget stands at Ugx 28 trillion, up from Ugx 26.3 trillion in the 2016/2017 financial year.