Ministers Kasaija, Opendi Clash Over Hepatitis B Funds


Finance Minister Matia Kasaija and Sarah Opendi, pharmacy the State Minister for Health yesterday clashed on the floor of Parliament over the monies meant for the treatment of Hepatitis B.

This came as a reaction to a matter of National importance raised by Kasilo County law maker, for sale Elijah Okupa tasking the Ministry of Health to explain how they spent Sh11bn that was approved for vaccination of Hepatitis B in the country.

In her response, price Opendi faulted the Ministry of Finance for failing to release all the money that Parliament had approved.

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Opendi told the house, “Whereas the Ministry of Health had budgeted Sh36bn, Parliament approved only Shs11bn, and the Finance Ministry only released Sh3bn.”

The Minister noted that due to the meager funds released, Hepatitis B has continued to spread, with high prevalence recorded in Eastern and Northern Uganda.

However, the Finance Minister Matia Kasaija came to the rescue of his Ministry telling the house that they could not release the whole amount after learning that the line Ministry had no capacity to absorb the funds.

He told MPs that whereas the Health Ministry was mandated to provide accountability on how the Sh3bn has been spent; no evidence has been availed to Finance Ministry.

His response raised dust in Parliament among members who ordered the two Ministries to stop the endless fights and concentrate on ensuring that Ugandans are treated.

The Deputy Speaker Jacob Oulanyah who was presiding over the house told the two Ministries to go harmonize their issue and come up with a formal response over the matter by Thursday.

Kasaija however noted that he will look around for money and hand it over to the Ministry of Health cautioning them to provide clear accountability.


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