By Francis Lubega
Members of Parliament on the Local Government Committee have vowed not to approve the 2017/18 budget of the Local Government Ministry until they confirm that the money meant for LC1 election is allocated.
This was during the interface with the committee where officials from the ministry were presenting the ministerial policy and budget for the next year amounting to 236 billion shillings.
However the line Minister Tom Butime revealed to the committee that the Electoral Commission (EC) had already received 10 billion shillings for LC1 elections this ending financial year and a balance of 5 billion was pending which is already allocated in the coming budget.
Rukungiri Municipality Member of Parliament Roland Mugume proposed to the Committee Chairperson Raphael Magezi that the budgetary allocations of the 10 billion to EC must all be submitted to them for scrutiny before approving the local government budget.
Early this year, Finance Ministry insisted on funding the elections to a tune of shs10bn while Electoral Commission (EC) who is the organizers of the poll is holding out for shs 15.9bn.
There has been election for LC1 and II since 2006 when Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) challenged government in court over the legality of LCs.