Parliament has approved a supplementary budget of Shs 292 billion which includes a controversial Shs 12.1 billion meant for the compensation of six land owners.
The request by Lands minister, Beti Olive Namisango Kamya set in motion dramatic scenes in Parliament on Tuesday after On Tuesday after the chairperson of the Uganda Land Commission (ULC), Beatrice Byenkya, wrote to Parliament raising questions about the requisition.
The money is for settling outstanding compensations under the land fund under ULC to six beneficiaries but Byenkya told Parliament that her entity did not request for the supplementary funding.
Two days later, on Thursday, Patrick Isiagi, the chairperson of Parliament’s Budget committee returned to the floor and reported that the stand-off between Ministry of Lands and ULC had been resolved and list of beneficiaries for compensation acknowledged.
Isiagi recommended that parliament approves the funds and despite resistance from a section of MPs led by Dokolo Woman MP Cecilia Ogwal, the funds got a nod from parliament.
Some of the beneficiaries on the list include Kasiya Rwabukurukuru with land at Kiyunga, Sheema (Shs 6.43 billion), Stephen Peter Nagenda of Kibale, Rwanswa (Shs 1.06 billion) and Julius Busuulwa of Buyaga in Kibaale (Shs 1.4 billion).
Others are Natalia Namuli (Shs 1.6 billion), Yisaka Lwakana (Shs 125.3 million) and Mugisha Geoffrey (Shs 1.49 billion), all with land at Buyaga, Kibaale. Shs 7.6 billion will be shared by Dodoviko Mwanje and Medard Kiconco who are being compensated by the government for their land in Ndeeba on which St. Peters Church of Uganda (COU) sits and Lusanja, Mperewe respectively.
Mwanje is the man behind the controversial demolition of the Ndeeba church while Kiconco is the man behind the Lusanja evictions.
The MPs also approved Shs 18.5 billion for an advance payment for 18 million doses of AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccines for government to start the vaccination of nine million vulnerable Ugandans.
Another Shs 31 billion will go to the Ministry of Health for the purchase of more face masks, Shs 28 billion for purchase of ambulances while the Electoral Commission will get Shs 43 billion to clear debt for the biometric voter verification machines used in the recently concluded general election.
Parliament also approved Shs 10.4 billion for Uganda National Examinations Board (UNEB) as additional costs to conduct national exams during the Covid-19 pandemic.
The State House has been allocated an extra funding of Shs 2.27 billion to fund the anti-tick vaccine development initiative and establishment of Ngoma field tick farm, laboratory restructuring, expression and production of proteins, equipment and personnel expenses among others.
The Uganda Cancer Institute has been given Shs 1.28 billion to cater for outstanding payment to Roko construction Limited for pending certificate arrears while Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) will get Shs 600 million for Covid-19 activities.
Shs 1.45 billion will go to Mandela National Stadium to meet staff, administrative and operational costs.
This new supplementary budget request came three months after a Shs 4.224 trillion supplementary budget was approved – four months into the financial year, to fund Covid-19 pandemic responses.
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