State House budget nearly doubled for socio-political mobilisation
NATIONAL | State House has increased its 2019/2020 Budget to Shs407.138 billion, a whopping 47% increment from what was spent last financial year.
The money is planned to go towards mobilising masses for political and socio-economic transformation, industrialization, and improved quality of life as well as appreciation of government policies and programmes.
According to the ministerial policy statement tabled before the Presidential Affairs Committee, the proposed allocation to wage category has been maintained at Shs17 billion, while the non-wage recurrent category is Shs377 billion.
Domestic development category will account for Shs12 billion.
The State House team told MPs that with the proposed allocation of Shs404 billion would help in undertaking a number of activities that include providing the necessary logistical support for the welfare and security of the president and the vice president as well as their immediate families.
State House also intends to use the funds to promote regional integration and international relations for purposes of political, social and economic gains, and the creation of investment opportunities a new report from Parliament has revealed.
The committee also recommended that the Ministry of Finance gives State House additional Sh4 billion for implementation of model villages across the country whilst supporting the existing ones and called on State House to phase out model villages that were established between 2004 and 20l0 for sustainability motive and creating space to bring others on board.
This was after legislators realized that there were only 21 model villages in existence and efforts to roll out this intervention in more areas whilst continuing with the support of the existing ones has a funding gap after it was only allocated Shs1 billion of the required Shs5 billion.