Parliament has Wednesday called for a breakdown of all items on which State House intends to spend a total of Sh23.1billion which is a supplementary request pending approval by the house.
The call was made by members of the Parliamentary Budget Committee while interfacing with officials from State House led by the Minister in Charge of the Presidency, link Esther Mbayo.
The Minister and the team including the State House Comptroller, Lucy Nakyobe had appeared before the committee to offer clarity and justification of the supplementary request for Schedule 2 of the FY 2016/17.
In her explanation, the Minister noted that State House is mandated to provide at all times support to the Presidency in order to facilitate effective and efficient performance of its constitutional and administrative responsibilities and to cater for the welfare and security of H.E the President, the Vice President and their immediate families.
“The vote has exhausted its annual provision on several Non-Wage Recurrent Items and requires additional funding to settle the outstanding obligations as well as facilitate operations through the remaining period of the financial year,” The Minister said.
Mbayo says this is mainly attributed to higher activity levels than anticipated created budgetary pressures especially under travel inland and travel abroad items.
The Minister told members that adverse movements in exchange rates during the first half of the year greatly affected several contracts and pushed travel abroad expenses upwards.
Mbayo added that the supplementary being sought for will cater for Utilities such as Telecommunications (Shs. 0.615bn), Electricity (Shs. 0.220bn) and water (Shs. 0.365bn) totallying to Shs. 1.2bn.
The planned expenditure on water left members wondering whether State House officials use Mineral water instead of water from National Water and Sewerage Cooperation (NWSC).
“I want to inform the public that State House is not looked at as State House Entebbe but as the president and his immediate family, the Vice President, Staff, State Lodges and other activities funded under state house. With the water that is really raising a lot of concern, members should know that the water budgeted for caters for all those areas,” Mbayo explained.
Other expenses include; Insurance (Shs. 1.475bn), Makerere University Visitation Committee (Shs. 2.434bn), Travel Inland (Shs. 9.55bn) and Travel Abroad (Shs. 3.5bn) among others.