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Parliament Rejects Gov't Move to Procure 9million Radios

Parliament Rejects Gov't Move to Procure 9million Radios for Learners

posted onNovember 19, 2020

Parliament has rejected government's move to procure radios for school going children who are still locked down at home due to COVID-19. 

Government through the Ministry of Education and Sports wanted to spend Shs336Bn for the purchase of radios for learners.

In a report of the Budget committee presented to Parliament by Ntenjeru north Amos Lugolobi, MPs said the move to procure 9 million radios has been over taken by events following the lifting of COVID-19 lockdown for candidate classes.
Lugolobi said that Uganda is about to reach the debt ceiling and hence it wouldn't be wise to approve such an expenditure. 

The minister for Higher Education J.C Muyingo said that although parliament has refused to clear funds for radios, there should be a plan to help the children to learn while at home in the Covid-19 lockdown.

Meanwhile parliament has cleared the borrowing of  Shs6.6 trillion  to finance a budget deficit for the financial year 2020/21. Out of the Shs6. 6trn, Shs4.3trn  will be through domestic borrowing.

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