National
Kabwegyere quizzed over sh8bn Bududa funds
Publish Date: Aug 07, 2014
Kabwegyere quizzed over sh8bn Bududa funds
Prof. Tarsis Kabwegyere told the committee that the procurement process was delaying the purchase of the land.
  • mail
  • img
newvision

By Henry Sekanjako

MPs on the parliamentary committee on presidential affairs have questioned minister for general duties in the office of the Prime Minister Prof. Tarsis Kabwegyere for diverting Sh8bn meant for the purchase of land to resettle Bududa landslide victims in the Mt Elgon region of eastern Uganda.

According to the committee, Parliament approved Sh8bn during the 2013/2014 financial year to purchase land for the resettlement of people hit by disasters in Mt Elgon, however out of the Sh8bn, Sh4.178bn was spent yet no land was procured.

“We shall not allow this, if you know there is a problem, you shouldn’t take advantage of it,” said Peter Ogwang the committee vice chairperson.

The MPs demanded that the Office of the Prime Minister provides them with copies of a letter directing the diversion of the money.

In response however, Kabwegyere who was in company of ten ministers from the Prime Minister’s office, told the committee that despite the release of the funds to procure land, this was never implemented due to the fact that the procurement process was nearing completion.

“Some unsuccessful bidders filed complaints to the PPDA throughout the financial year challenging the process to which the later responded by directing for administrative reviews. Thus the funds couldn’t be utilized for the acquisition of the land as planned.” The minister explained.

Kabwegyere who was representing the Prime Minister further explained that arising out of the civil strife in South Sudan, there was an influx of refugees into Uganda which required emergency response by the relevant departments.

He added that as a result, sh4.178bn was approved by cabinet for use during the emergency adding that a request for funds was submitted to ministry of finance by OPM which was rather advised to utilize part of the sh8bn which had been released for land procurement for the emergency.

“As a result of the emergency activities we got authority from the ministry of finance allowing us to re-allocate the money,” explained Christine Gguwatudde.

She added that the balance of sh3.822bn was used to procure food and non-food relief items after hailstorms that destroyed food crops in the North and Eastern parts of Uganda between the month of May, June and July 2014.

The office of the Prime Minister now wants the committee to approve another sh8bn in the financial year 2014/15 to enable it acquire the said land to accommodate refugees.

Related stories

Two villages buried in Bududa landslides

Govt to relocate Bududa people

Anger over 'diverted' water scheme in Bududa

The statements, comments, or opinions expressed through the use of New Vision Online are those of their respective authors, who are solely responsible for them, and do not necessarily represent the views held by the staff and management of New Vision Online.

New Vision Online reserves the right to moderate, publish or delete a post without warning or consultation with the author.Find out why we moderate comments. For any questions please contact digital@newvision.co.ug

  • mail
  • img
blog comments powered by Disqus
Also In This Section
Crest Foam told to wait for investigation reports before reopening
The minister of state for labour Kamanda Bataringaya rejects a request by Crest Foam to resume work, more than two weeks after a fire gutted its premises....
Uganda launches work plan on climate change deal
The minister of environment Ephraim Kamuntu has launched a national framework tool which will be used in coming up with a work plan on actions and strategies to minimize global warming....
Gov’t told to implement financial literacy programme
Banking and insurance sector officials have asked the government to implement the financial literacy strategy to enable its citizens be financially literate....
Ebola virus has mutated less than scientists feared
The Ebola virus is not mutating as quickly as scientists had feared, which is good news for treating the disease and preventing its spread....
Men fear reporting being beaten by wives
Majority of men fear reporting their wives to Police after being assaulted for fear of being ridiculed. Justice Elizabeth Musoke while addressing members of the public at the High Court chambers in Iganga district on Tuesday said domestic violence is done by both men and women but the men would not...
Include women in land reforms - Nabagereka
The Nabagereka Sylvia Nagginda has defended the role of traditional institutions in land reform issues saying ‘‘women must be at the heart and leadership of these reforms. They cannot be on the sidelines.” She was speaking at a World Bank Conference on land and poverty in Washington, DC on Wednesda...
Will the ban of food vendors help eliminate typhoid?
Yes
No
Can't Say
follow us
subscribe to our news letter