Parliament Asked to Disband Sectoral Committees.
The fate of sectoral committees of Parliament hangs in balance as the government moves to step up the implementation of program-based budgeting. The executive director of the National Planning Authority Joseph Muvawala asked parliament to disband the 15 sectoral committees of Parliament, saying they don’t suit the new budgeting system.
Addressing opposition members of Parliament during a workshop, the chairperson of the National Planning Authority Joseph Muvawala advised parliament to disband all sectoral committees saying they are irrelevant to the program-based budgeting which was adopted by the government.
Currently, parliament has 16 sectoral committees whose main mandate is to scrutinize budgets of different sectors.
Sectoral Committees are established under rule 175 and their membership is designated by part Whips at the beginning of every session of Parliament, on basis of the Party or Organization representation in Parliament and phasing them out calls for an amendment of the law.
With the shift from sectoral-based budgeting to the new budgeting approach that focuses on programs instead of the sector the minister of state for planning Amos Lugoloobi composition of the parliamentary committee has changed to fit into the new system.
However, lawmakers contend that phasing out sectoral committees alone will not smoothen the implementation of the program-based budgeting which is seen as a remedy for duplication of activities; if government ministries that implement the budget are not realigned too.
Muvawala also challenged MPs on their bottleneck affecting service delivery, quoting much time spent by government agencies discussing expenditure during the budgeting process rather than focusing on revenue mobilization strategies.
Meanwhile, opposition Legislators faulted the National Planning Authority for misleading the government with the Parish Development model whose implementation has faced a lot of impediments.