Posted Wednesday, July 20 2011 at 00:00
Ms Masiko’s statement, which will be scrutinised by the House committee on presidential affairs, says the money is necessary to provide logistical support, care and security to enable the Presidency perform its constitutional and administrative obligations. But highlighting the need to focus public spending in other critical areas, lawmakers cited a Tuesday Daily Monitor story in which it was reported that two people have so far died in Bulambuli District due to famine currently ravaging parts of eastern Uganda.
The lawmakers also see duplication under telecommunications (Shs1.4b) and information and communication technology (Shs400m), travel inland and abroad under State House (Shs16.9b) and travel inland and abroad under President’s Office (Shs2.3b).
“This is a logistical requirement to facilitate the effective performance of the Presidency,” she said. Another Shs22.5b will be needed under the community outreach programmes and welfare activities. Ms Kabakumba said: “H.E the President as a fountain of honour is obliged to offer support to individuals and institutions in need.”