No money for MPs’ pay rise

Kampala. The government has said the proposal to increase MPs’ salaries is “impossible” and aised those pushing for the idea to drop it because there is no money for “non-priorities”. Ministry of Finance spokesperson Jim Mugunga yesterday confirmed the Parliamentary Commission request for an extra Shs43 billion to boost MPs pay in the 201415 budget, saying the request is outside the government priorities.

He said the request is part of a wider “wish list” before Ministry of Finance, totaling to Shs4.2 trillion reflected as outside the government priorities.

“We received the request from Parliament but we are unable to find the money. The MPs request is part of a long wish list of unfunded items totalling to a tune of Shs4.2 trillion. These are not funded because they are not among the priorities and therefore cannot be accommodated in the next budget,” Mr Mugunga said.

He added: “The MPs are aware that the prioritisation and budgeting process seeks to ensure that resources in the budget are prudently adhered. …But the resource envelope is small and we cannot satisfy the needs of everybody.” The Clerk to Parliament, Ms Jane Kibirige, said the Shs43b is meant to increase MPs’ salaries under the planned consolidation of salaries.

Whereas Shs19 billion had been provided for salaries, Ms Kibirige has since written to the Finance Ministry saying the amount is not enough.She said the extra money is needed because Parliament will start consolidating MPs’ pay in the new financial year.

SOURCE: Daily Monitor

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