ARMY GETS SHS64 BILLION FOR OPERATIONS IN DR CONGO

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Parliament has approved Shs152 billion to facilitate the Uganda Peoples’ Defence Forces (UPDF) operations in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Karamoja sub region.

Shs64.5 billion of the approved Shs152 billion, will facilitate UPDF to flush out the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) militants in DRC in the ongoing joint operation with the country’s armed forces (FARDC) codenamed “Operation Shujaa” while Shs87.5 billion will be spent to pacify Karamoja sub region in a disarmament exercise, code named “Usalama Kwa Wote” loosely translated to mean “Peace for All.”

This is part of the Shs617.9billion Supplementary budget for Financial Year 2021/2022 that Parliament approved during the plenary sitting on Thursday.

The Minister of State for Finance (General Duties), Hon. Henry Musasizi, said that supplementary expenditure which is coming barely a month to the new financial year has been warranted by expenditure pressures from 10 Votes to cater for salary shortfalls, emerging security concerns and other critical activities. He assured the House of the guaranteed source of funding.

“This supplementary will be funded into two sections; Shs510.3 billion will be financed by additional (domestic) borrowing, while Shs107.6 billion will be funded by additional local revenue and external financing,” Musasizi said.  

Part of the approved supplementary expenditure (Shs77billion) has been allocated to State House for classified expenditures, while Shs86.3 billion has been allocated to the Office of the President to cater for external financing from EXIM Bank for the National Science, Technology, Engineering and Innovation Skills Enhance Project.

Shs25 billion has been allocated to Ministry of Works and Transport to facilitate works on security roads in Karamoja region, while Shs251.7 billion will go to meet wage shortfalls under various Central and Local Government Votes.

Among other expenditures include; Shs2.5billion for Ministry of Gender, Labor and Social Development to facilitate election of the Office bearers for the Uganda Muslim Supreme Council, Shs1 billion for Fort Portal Catholic Diocese and Shs600 million for Greater Ankole Diocese to facilitate preparations for the Uganda Martyrs Day celebrations 2022.

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