Shs259 billion allocated for preparation of 2016 elections

Kampala- .The ministry of Finance has allocated up to Shs259 billion to help in the preparations for the 2016 general elections.

The allocation, which covers three key departments including the Electoral Commission (EC), Uganda Police Force (UPF) and the Internal Affairs ministry, will help to ensure timely preparations for the elections.

According to the Budget speech by the minister of Finance, Ms Maria Kiwanuka, Shs105.6 billion has been allocated to the EC, Shs80bn to the UPF for recruitment and Shs74bn to the Ministry of Internal Affairs for the implementation of the National Security Information Systems Project (National ID).

Police are currently training more than 800 cadets and constables, who will be passed out a few months to the general election.

Salary for all civil servants has also been increased with an allocation of Shs450 billion, from which an increase of between 15 per cent and 20 per cent will be for the lowest paid teacher as earlier agreed by government and Uganda National Teachers’ Union (Unatu).

Salary payment, pension and gratuity have been fully decentralised to the various institutions from the Ministry of Public Service and Ministry of Finance. With effect from July 1, accounting officers are to be personally and financially responsible for all salary transactions.

Mr Raphael Magyezi, the deputy chairperson of the Public Service committee of Parliament, said while the salary increment may not be so much, it is a good start.

In an attempt to prevent a repeat of the 20122013 corruption saga, all redundant bank accounts at the Bank of Uganda have been closed, and the number of bank accounts operated by any government agency has now been restricted.

“We have also enforced limits on cash withdrawals to a maximum of Shs20 million per day to reduce the amount of public funds exposed to abuse,” Ms Kiwanuka said..

SOURCE: Daily Monitor

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