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    Government Warned On Dangers Of Supplementary Budget 

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    Budget advocates under their umbrella body Civil Society Advocacy Group (CSBAG) have cautioned the Ugandan govt on the loaming and heavy dangers of continued calls for supplementary budgets by state departments and agencies saying this is a true sign of poor planning and lack of respect for the whole national budgeting process.

    Addressing a news conference today at their offices in Kampala, the national coordinator, CSBAG, Julius Mukunda said, though the public finance management Act 2015 allows for expenditure of up to 3% of the national budget without parliamentary approval, the same regulations are specific about the supplementary budgets being allowed only if there are unforeseeable, unavoidable and absorbable events. Mukunda said that to their dismay, they continue to see calls for supplementary budgets to fund allowances, salaries, utilities, a case in point being NIRA getting a supplementary of UGX.9.9Bn as allowances in the FY 2017/18, Bugiri and Masindi districts calling for supplementary totaling to UGX.291,740,000 for utilities, UVRI UGX.4.9Bn, energy ministry, parliament, Uganda police among others.

    According to, Carol Namagembe, the programme manager and David Walakira, the budget policy specialist at CSBAG, supplementary budgets do not only weaken institutional mandate, control and oversight but also encourages poor planning and fiscal indiscipline. Namagembe called for amendments in the current public finance and management Act 2015 so as to remove the flexibility that allows supplementary budgets without parliament’s approval.

    A total of UGX.724.5Bn has been approved with others still pending for the financial year 2018/19 even before the FY budget is launched.

     

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    MASTERS OF CHAOS! Minister Mao Warns Bobi Wine To Prepare For The Worst From Mpuuga, DP Block Politicians…

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    NUP boss Bobi Wine. Inset L is DP's Norbert Mao and R inset is Matthias Mpuuga

    Justice and Constitutional Affairs minister who also doubles as the Democratic Party President General Norbert Mao has warned National Unity Platform (NUP) President Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu (Bobi Wine) to prepare for the worst from Mathias Mpuuga Nsamba and members of the DP Block.

    Exclusively speaking to theGrapevine, Mao explain that when he saw Mpuuga and his friends who were formally members of Suubi, a political pressure group and DP party crossing to NUP, he envisioned what is happening right now.

    He added that the said people were a problem to DP and when they joined NUP, the DP problem crossed to Bobi Wine.

    Bobi Wine is under attack from members of his party who crossed from DP to NUP. They have even threatened to reveal their next political action next month at Mpuuga’s thanks giving ceremony where Charles Peter Mayiga the Buganda Kingdom premier is expected as the Chief Guest.

    Highly placed sources revealed that Mpuuga and his group are planning to reveal a new political pressure group which will tour the entire country getting views from their supporters concerning their next course of action after disagreeing with Bobi Wine’s leadership.

    George Musisi, one of lawyers for NUP accused Mpuuga’s blue eyed boy Samuel Lubega Mukaku of supporting the NUP faction led by Moses Kibalama.

    Sources allege that Mpuuga’s faction are confident that Court is going to declare Bobi Wine’s leadership at NUP illegal and the party will return into the hands of Kibalama a move they think will give them the opportunity to use NUP as a vehicle in the 2026 general elections.

    Other sources claim that Mpuuga and group are planning to use Buganda Kingdom leadership structures from the village level to mobilize support in Buganda come 2026.

    Mpuuga is confident that it was Buganda structures that helped Bobi Wine to defeat President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni and his NRM party in Buganda and without them, Bobi will lose.

    However, Nakaseke South legislator Paulson Lutamaguzi Ssemakula rubbished Mpuuga’s political calculations explaining that Bobi Wine will remain strong whether Buganda’s Mayiga supports him or not.

    He asserts that Bwanika and Mpuuga are working for President Museveni and he has always deployed them whenever election period approaches and help him to divide and disorganize the opposition.

    Ssemakula said that in 2021, when Bobi Wine was planning to work with Dr. Kizza Besigye, Bwanika abused Dr. Besigye and accussed him of working for Museveni to distract Baganda.

    He added that in 2006, Bwanika swore an affidavit in support of Museveni against Dr. Besigye before the Supreme Court and his evidence saved Museveni and stamped his win.

    However, Bwanika also accuses Bobi Wine of working for Museveni to stop the opposition from taking state power.

    The Bobi Wine/Mpuuga misunderstanding deepened when Bobi Wine ordered him to apologise to the nation and return the Shs500m bribe he admittedly received from the parliamentary Commission as a reward for being a good Leader of Opposition in parliament. Mpuuga was also told to resign from the office of the Commissioner of parliament which he declined to do.

    Bobi Wine also suspended Mpuuga from the office the national vice president in charge of Buganda region on top of sending him to the party disciplinary committee.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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    Panic Among Ministers, M7 Set To Hold Cabinet Sittings At His Kisozi Farm With Tough Conditions…

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    Ministers have started panicking upon learning that very soon, their boss President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni is set to hold cabinet meetings from his Kisozi country home.

    Highly placed State House sources revealed that Museveni wants to test the knowledge of his ministers when it comes to issues of fighting poverty among Ugandans through government programs.

    “The president is tired of hearing his ministers telling people to participate in government programs like Parish Development Modal, Emyooga, the four acre farming modal and others. He now wants to know and challenge them on which other initiatives they have put in place to fight poverty among the communities surrounding them,” a source said.

    The source added that ministers are going to be given enough time to make submissions concerning their own initiatives with evidence showing how the public has benefited from them.

    He added that the president is also going to invite experts on development and those producing farming products with value addition to lecture ministers on how their communities can benefit from them.

    Museveni recently boasted of how he fought poverty among his neighbours in Kisozi.

    The President disclosed that as a way of appreciating his efforts, his neighbors have started giving him money and other products to thank him for the advice he gave them and they are no longer begging him by blocking him to ask for money when he is driving to his farm.

    “In the 2026 presidential campaign, the President doesn’t want Museveni Abeewo, he wants his campaign team to stick to developmental issues which help Ugandans to fight poverty,” a source said.

    The cabinet meetings at Kisozi are also expected to be attended by NRM officials from the party Secretariat, those from the Offices of the National Chairperson in Kyambogo and other top government officials.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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    Why Kasyate Is Resigning From KCCA Juicy PRO Job…

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    Simon Kasyate

    The Mighty Grapevine has exclusively learnt that flamboyant veteran journalist Simon Kasyate has tendered in his resignation.

    Sources claim that Kasyate, who is as the Head Public & Corporate Affairs at Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) tendered in his resignation letter after learning that the Public Service Commission had started the process of recruiting his replacement.

    The Public Service Commission started the process of looking for Kasyate’s replacement in 2023, through public advertising in the local dailies.

    Through his State House contacts, it is alleged Kasyate managed to secure the KCCA PRO job without following the required process of recruiting government workers.

    theGrapevine made several phone calls to Kasyate for a comment but they went unanswered.

    Before joining KCCA, Kasyate was the spokesperson for the European Union (EU), ESKOM, MasterCard Foundation among other top institutions.

     

    By Hadijjah Namagembe  

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