Expedite Budget Process -Oulanyah
The Deputy Speaker of Parliament Jacob Oulanyah has asked sectoral committees to expedite scrutiny into the budget framework paper for the financial year 2019/2020.
The framework paper, containing budget proposals for the next financial year was presented to parliament by the Minister of State for planning David Bahati last week.
It indicates a proposed increment in the national budget of 4.9 percent from this financial year's budget of 32.7 trillion Shillings to 34.3 trillion shillings.
A lion-share of the resources is for debt repayment, interest payment and non-resource funds for domestic debt refinancing. Interest payment has an allocation of 2.9 trillion Shillings which makes it the second largest share standing at 11.4 percent of the entire budget.
The budget framework paper carries a deduction of almost 12 percent on the total allocation to sectors of education, health, social development, water and environment and agriculture.
Oulanyah directed that all standing committees of Parliament halt their work and allow sectoral committees quickly scrutinize the budget estimates and report back to parliament quickly.
He emphasized the need to respect budget consideration timelines outlined in the Public Finance Management Act (PFMA), 2015.
Sectoral Committees are mandated under rule 144 (2) of the Parliament Rules of Procedure to discuss and review the budget framework paper and report to Parliament Budget Committee not later than January 20th.
The Budget committee then scrutinizes the sectoral committee reports and presents its report for parliament approval by February 1st.
Oulanyah further advised government not to repeat past mistakes of the Ministry of Finance presenting the budget framework without the Certificate of Gender and Equity something that can interrupt the budget consideration.