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The Minister of State for Planning Amos Lugoloobi has tabled a statement on Statutory revision of the Budget of Vote 104 (Parliamentary Commission) for FY 2021/22 by Shs1.8bn to facilitate burial expenditures for late Rt Hon Jacob Oulanyah.
The Parliamentary Pensions (Amendment) Act requires that 30% of the gross annual salary of the Speaker or Deputy Speaker who dies in office shall be used towards the funeral expenses.
“Colleagues at Daily Monitor, government is not borrowing for the funeral. It is a statutory revision of the Parliament commission vote,” Lugoloobi said on Tuesday.
The government had budgeted to spend Shs2.5bn on an “excellent” funeral and burial of Jacob Oulanyah who died in the United States where he was airlifted in February for specialised medical care aboard a Uganda Airlines plane reportedly chartered at a disputed Shs1.7bn.
The Shs2.5bn budget prepared by the National Organising Committee chaired by the Presidency Minister, Milly Babalanda, excluded medical and funeral home bills in the US as well as expenses of flying back Oulanyah’s body.
The money sparked a debate on social media with Ugandans expressing displeasure at such lavish expenses on a deceased person when, according to some, the money could be used to build two hospitals in Northern Uganda.
The most infuriating part was the Shs226m to be paid to A-Plus Funeral Home. Ugandans have since been asking who owns this funeral company.
But Babalanda insisted on Tuesday that the issue wasn’t about how much money is spent but the calibre of the person it is spent on.
The casket containing the former speaker’s remains is expected to arrive by Ethiopian Airlines at Entebbe International Airport on Friday.
The burial day shall, as specified in the law, be declared a public holiday.
Oulanyah Burial Budget
Number Item Cost
1Sitting and UsheringShs2.8m2Health serviceShs13.5.3CeremoniesShs12.3m4ProtocolShs3.6m5A-Plus Funeral ServicesShs75mKololo Grounds6DecorationShs8.9m7Sitting and usheringShs8.1m9CeremoniesShs4.4m10AccreditationShs26m11ConstructionShs19m12ProtocolShs1.9m13First aidShs10.5m14Finance sub-committeeShs20m15Health service (Covid-19)Shs60m16PublicityShs18m17A-Plus funeral servicesShs151mOmoro18DecorationShs12m19Sitting and usheringShs14.7m20CeremoniesShs30.6m21Fuel for coordinationShs124m22ConstructionShs3m23ProtocolShs2.2m24Funeral service (general)Shs1.1b25Finance sub-committeeShs228.7m26SecurityShs158.5m27Acholi Parliamentary GroupShs312.9m28Religious leadersShs11m29Health servicesShs34m
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