State House Officials Quizzed On Museveni’s 5 billion Rukungiri donations
Officials from State House led by the Minister of State for Planning and Monitoring in the Office of the President, Dr. Baltazah Kasirivu Atwooki and the State House Comptroller, Lucy Nakyobe have been tasked to explain which budget vote was affected by the donations that were made by the president in Rukungiri over the weekend.
President Museveni donated a number of items valued at Shs5bn to several groups, these items included; boda bodas, sewing machines, trucks, minibuses, tents chairs and garage equipments amo0ng others.
The donation has been criticized by a section of the public and opposition politicians as a move to buy off voters in Rukungiri a head of the forth coming Woman seat by-election.
The State House officials had appeared before the Presidential Committee of Parliament chaired by Adjuman Woman MP, Jessica Ababiku to defend the Ministerial Policy Statement for the financial year 2018/19 worth Shs274bn.
Led by the Vice Chairperson and Amuria Woman MP, Suzan Amero, the legislators demanded to know whether the money that was spent on the activity was prior planned for and why such huge sums of money have been donated in only one district.
The Committee Chairperson added that the members understand that the president is the fountain of honor and has a right to make any sort of donations but these should be national in nature.
In response, the Minister, Dr. Kasirivu said accused the media of inflating the number of items that were donated to the beneficiaries in Rukungiri and promised to avail the committee with clear details of the items the president gave out.