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Gov’t Halts Foreign Travel, Recruitment, Training; Cuts Allowances in New Covid19 Austerity Measures

 

Government through the Ministry of Finance has unveiled a list of tough austerity measures affecting all government workers, that are meant to cut unnecessary expenditure.

The measures are part of the readjustment strategy in response to the dent that has been made into government expense as a result of the global Covid19 pandemic.

They include significant and in some cases 100% cuts on some of the day-to-day expenses in government Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs), such as allowances, transport, and procumbent of office equipment.

President Yoweri Museveni recently revealed that these measures were proposed by a team led by Gen Salim Saleh.

Permanent Sectaries of all ministries are set to sit and further discuss these measures starting early next week at the Finance Ministry Offices.

In an invitation letter to the PSs seen by ChimpReports, Finance Ministry PS Mr Keith Muhakanizi said the meetings were meant to “review and realign the 2020/21 budget in order to address and mitigate the impact of Covid19 and other natural disasters.”

The meetings will kick off on Monday and end on Wednesday at the Finance Ministry in Kampala.

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In the new measures, some of the MDA expenses that are being completely eliminated is Staff training and computer supplies and ICT.


“The MDAs can in the short run continue working with staff at their current levels of training which will not deviate the performance of the MDA,” Muhakanizi said.

Meanwhile, all travel abroad by government officials has also been eliminated, while inland travel is being cut by 50%.

New Staff recruitment, furniture and fixtures as well as purchase of Small Office Equipment have also been entirely eliminated.

In other cuts, all kinds of allowances are being reduced by half, hiring of venues by 80%, buying books and newspapers by 80% while welfare and entertainment has been reduced by 70%.

Printing and stationery have also been cut by 70%, telecommunications by 50%, fuel and vehicle lubrication by 50, advertisement and public relations by 50% and transport by 50%.

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