State House has rejected the move to regulate the presidential donations budget as recommended by the Parliament committee that investigated the Shs 6billion Presidential handshake.
The Committee on Commissions, Statutory Authority and State Enterprises (COSASE) report that was unanimously adopted by the whole house on Thursday came up with 9 recommendations in which majority are to be fulfilled within 3 months including one concerning the money President Museveni gives out as donation.
“The Executive should come up with a Bill within 90 days to regulate and streamline the Presidential Budget Donations,” part of the COSASE recommendations.
However in an exclusive phone interview with ChimpReports on Monday morning, State House Comptroller, Lucy Nakyobe who directly controls the funds at State House, said she has been getting presidential donation money for years and there is no need for a new law.
“I have been getting money for donations for years. If there was no law we wouldn’t have been getting it,” she said.
The tough talking Nakyobe added that the donations budget has always been spent according to existing laws although she didn’t quote any.
“We spend money according to the laws put in place and donation is no exception,” she added.
In the just read budget of 2017/2018 State House presidential donations got Shs 74bn, compared to Shs 78bn that was given to all the 17 referral hospitals last year. The total State House budget for 2017/2018 is Shs 245bn.
On Thursday last week during a heated handshake report debate, COSASE committee chairperson, Abdu Katuntu who also represents Bugweri County, said there is no law to guide the use of presidential donation budget.
“We (Parliament) have appropriated over Shs 70bn for presidential donations in the 2017/2018 budget but there is no policy to guide its disbursements,” Katuntu said.