Uganda is currently facing a financial crisis as Ministry of Finance directs all accounting officers of government ministries and departments to suspend expenditure on Christmas and end of year festivities adding that the economy is under expenditure pressures thus need to adjust in spending.
According to the memo dated December 9, 2020, signed by the Finance Ministry Permanent Secretary/ Secretary to the Treasury Patrick Ocailap, Uganda’s economy has faced expenditure pressures and as such government is undertaking efficiency means to entail the need to adjust spending during festive season in all Ministries, Agencies and Local Government.
Memo partially reads,“Consequently, this is to direct you not to organize Christmas and end of year parties, as well not engage in printing of Christmas cards, Diaries, Calendars, buying of Christmas gifts and bumpers and anything else related to such expenditure.”
” As you are aware, the economy is faced with expenditure pressures and as such the government is undertaking efficiency measures to which entail the need to adjust spending during the festive season in all ministries, agencies and local governments” reads the memo.
The development comes few days after Gov’t decided that ONLY Ministry of Presidency (statehouse), Defense, Electoral Commission and public workers on Gov’t pay role while other sectors will stay on waiting until Gov’t gets adequate money-according to Minister Kasaija.
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Its worth noting Ministry of Finance last month directed Internal affairs ministry workers in immigration and citizenship department to start packing lunch noting that the government was no longer able to provide them with lunch at work.