The period after the 2016 elections is one that many Ugandans can never forget. This is due to the bitting poverty that followed the contested elections. Many citizens fell on hard times as money was hard to come by. Well, it seems the hard times didn’t hit just the common man but also the President.
Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee has today learnt that President Museveni sought a five months’ salary advance, soon after the 2016 general election. In honour of his request, State House released a total of 19.1 million Shillings off its budget for the financial year 2016-2017. The President’s monthly salary is 3.6 million shillings.
Yunus Kakande, a Secretary in the office of the President, said that President Museveni asked for a salary advance prompting them to seek a supplementary budget from which they raised the 19 million Shillings. Kakande says this money was however recovered in the financial year 2017/2018 and returned to the treasury.
Parliament however was left wondering whether it is okay for one to receive a salary advance of up to 5 months. However the State House team said that the advance was approved following consultation with the Secretary to the Treasury.
The 2016 elections are much remembered for the large sums of money that were spent by the NRM candidate, Yoweri Museveni. Economic analysts said this unchecked spending had an effect on the economy. It is not clear whether the President requested for the advance after draining his personal accounts during the campaigns.