By: NELSON WESONGA, YASIIN MUGERWA and STEPHEN KAFEERO
Government has made a fresh request for a supplementary budget of Shs138.5 billion “for the operationalisation of the National Identity Card project”.
Mr Aston Kajara, the state minister for Planning, tabled the request for the funds yesterday during plenary.
The government also asked for Shs60 billion for the additional recruitment and training of 3,500 police officers as part of the 2016 elections roadmap.
According to yesterday’s request by the government, the State will also need Shs8.1 billion to cater for the facilitation for the Heritage Oil and Gas Ltd and Tullow Uganda Pty arbitration case in London.
Another Shs4.8 billion will be for the settlement of the court awards.
According to the request, Shs5 billion will be for the demarcation of land and for the compensation of the people the National Forestry Authority evicted from the Luwungu Central Forest Reserve in Kiboga District.
At the same time, Shs2 billion is needed for purchase of one thousand Ankole cattle for crossbreeding programme. Another Shs800 million will be for the renovation of the official residence of the Uganda mission in Brussels, Belgium.
It is the first time in many months that State House and the Ministry of Defense votes have not featured among the departments for which the government is seeking supplementary funding.
The Deputy Speaker of Parliament referred the issue to the committee on Finance for debate.
Preparations in high gear
Meanhwhile, preparations are underway to start the actual mass enrollment exercise and the eventual issuance of national identity cards. According to the National Identity Card Project, some of the key activities that have started include interviews of more than 10,000 applicants which ended on Friday last week.
Some of the activities which are taking place in preparation for the actual mass enrollment, includes delivery of kits and enrolment materials to districts, training of supervisors (district and sub-county) and training of parish itizenship verification teams.
Source: Daily Monitor