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Dissatisfaction Over 10% Budget Cuts Continue

miércoles, 01 de febrero de 2017

By Opira Samuel

Members of Parliament across the political divide have continued to express their dissatisfaction over the recent budget cut pronounced by president Yoweri Museveni.

While officiating as the chief Guest during the 31st NRM anniversary in Masindi District, the President announced a 10% cut on every budget element and ordered parliamentarians not to debate on the issue.

However some MPs whom Radio Wa contacted argues that the budget cut directly implies a great reduction in the amount and quality of service delivery to the citizens.

The MP for Moroto County who spoke to our reporter on Monday attributes the proposed budget cuts to the poor performance of some sectors which he suggests should have been punished exclusively.

Samuel Okwir Odwe noted that such a directive by the President makes the citizens to suffer innocently in the event that the cuts are implemented even on the critical sectors like health, education and agriculture.

He said as MPs, they have already drafted a budget frame work paper and made due considerations on the unfunded priorities in the critical sectors and would be tabled in parliament for discussions on Tuesday.

Meanwhile the MP for Erute South Hon. Jonathan Odur said, the cut is only focused on infrastructural development and does not address the aspect of human development which according to him, has not been timely.

According to the MPs, government should consider devising appropriate mechanisms of disciplining individual sectors other than punishing the entire nation.