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Otto Wants Museveni Blocked from Making Pledges

Most of President Museveni's promises according to MP Odonga Otto, have gone unfulfilled

The Aruu South County Member of Parliament has called for strong measures to be put in place to restrict President Yoweri Museveni from making pledges when the budget has already been passed by Parliament.

Otto who in 9th Parliament led the documentation of thousands of unfulfilled presidential pledges, approved http://ccalliance.org/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/modules/markdown.php told the house’s committee on Budget on Wednesday that it is not only wrong for the pledges to be made parallel to what is contained in the planned annual revenues and expenditures but also causes unnecessary anxiety.

The Executive Director to National Planning Authority Dr. Joseph Muwala had told the same Committee that his institution’s activities are constrained by unfulfilled pledges made by the president.

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According Otto, seek http://couponsavingfamily.com/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/json-endpoints/class.wpcom-json-api-autosave-post-v1-1-endpoint.php every time President Museveni visits any area he faces locals with numerous expectations and he always promises to meet all of them when in reality it is difficult.

“Every time the president goes to a village, malady parish, sub county, constituency or district the electorate asks him for different things which sometimes cannot be met because of the limited and fixed
budget,” Otto said.

The Aruu South County legislator now wants leaders at all levels to be given a copy of the annual budget of the president to avoid asking for what has not been provided for.

“They should be availed with information on what is entailed in the budget and the strategic plan and anyone who asks the president for something that is not listed should be arrested.”

Otto said it was wrong for those who handle the allocation of resources and implementation of development programs to deviate from the approved budgets and instead prioritize non scrutinized instructions from the President.

The chairperson of the committee Henry Musasizi concurred with Otto saying that the unbudgeted pledges make the president end up promising hot air to the people.

However the minister of state for Planning, David Bahati contested the claims stating that the president is always on point but the line ministries that are supposed to implement the pledges are the ones who
let the Fountain of Honor down.

“It is not correct that the President is always promising air. He makes strategic and aforethought pledges. The line ministries are responsible to implement them,” Bahati said.

In 2013 the Parliament’s Government Assurance Committee under the leadership of Otto collected and published over 5000 pledges allegedly made and unfulfilled by the president Museveni in the last 10
years.

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