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State House demands sh21b more

By Vision Reporter

Added 2nd April 2009 03:00 AM

THE State House has asked Parliament to approve a supplementary budget of sh21b to fund presidential activities.

THE State House has asked Parliament to approve a supplementary budget of sh21b to fund presidential activities.

By Paul Kiwuuwa

THE State House has asked Parliament to approve a supplementary budget of sh21b to fund presidential activities.

The Minister for the Presidency, Beatrice Wabudeya, yesterday told MPs that the global financial crisis could not allow State House to operate on the sh50b that Parliament approved for the 2008/9 financial year.

“State House needs money to cater for presidential inland and abroad travels, motorvehicle maintenance, classified expenditure and welfare,” Wabudeya said.

Flanked by State House comptroller Richard Muhinda, Wabudeya was appearing before the presidential affairs committee chaired by Gerald Menhya (NRM).

She clarified that the funds allocated to State House were for both the President and the Vice-President. Some MPs said they were not aware of this.

“We share the money as an institution between President Museveni and his vice, Gilbert Bukenya,” Wabudeya stated.
She also explained that State House had not yet found a prospective buyer for the old presidential jet.

The MPs wondered how State House would service the loan of sh88.2b to buy the new jet before the old one was sold.

Last year, Muhinda told MPs that the old jet would be sold at sh40b.
The new presidential jet, Gulf Stream V, was brought into the country last year.

It cost sh88.2b. It replaced Gulf Stream IV which was bought at sh60b in 2000.

State House demands sh21b more

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