Government has up to January next year to scrap off wasteful Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) , Members of Parliament have revealed.
The MPs while addressing media at parliament on Friday gave government a 30 day ultimatum to downsize ministries that have caused wastage of meagre resources due to duplication of responsibilities.
This follows a report from Internal Security Organization (ISO) that was conducted between July and November this year that found out that several agencies were wasteful.
The report by ISO came after Museveni had directed an investigation amidst proposal for a merger of the agencies. The ISO report revealed that agencies have extravagantly spent billions of monies on travel, leisure and entertainment singling out the Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) as being the most extravagant of all agencies.
Led by NRM’s Solomon Silwanyi(Bukooli Central), the MPs observed that all the 119 agencies need to be reviewed urgently to avoid wastage of tax payers’ money.
“ By now Kagina(UNRA ED) should be packing her luggage because UNRA is the most extravagant agency, they use tax payer’s money for outings, dance halls, taking girlfriends on trips , in fact UNRA is the worst spender on entertainment according to last year’s budget,” Silwanyi said. According to the report, UNRA used a tune of shs190 billion on travel expenses which MPs believe should have been taken to the ministry of Works.
Kinobere Herbert, Kibuku County MP noted that this wasteful expenditure is being fueled by soar working relation between the aligning ministries and agencies.
“There is no coordination in the mother ministries and departments that fall under them and in mos cases it is because these departments and agencies are getting more finances than ministries, and this is crippling service delivery in the country,” Kinobere said.
The legislators have vowed to table a private member’s bill to force this move when parliament resumes on December 12.