The Members of Parliament (MPs) have condemned the supplementary budget. The Members of Parliament are concerned about the overspending by government ministries and departments. The Minister of Finance and Economic Development- Honourable Dr. Thapelo Matsheka was presenting the supplementary budget proposal earlier today.
The Minister was requesting roughly One hundred and seventy-two point four million pula (P172.4 million). The money would be shared by six (6) government organizations being Ministry of Agricultural Development and Food Security, Ministry of Basic Education, Ministry of Health and Wellness, Administration of Justice department, Ministry of Land Management, Water and Sanitation Services, and the Ministry of Defence, Justice and Security
Top of the chart is the Ministry of Basic Education with approximately One hundred and thirteen million pula (P113 million), followed by Ministry of Health and Wellness with about Twenty-five million pula (P25 million), Ministry of Agricultural Development and Food Security at about Seventeen million (P17 million), Ministry of Defence, Justice and Security with roughly Ten million pula (P10 million), Administration of Justice department with about Seven million pula (P7 million), and lastly the Ministry of Land Management, Water and Sanitation Services with approximately Seven hundred and twenty-one thousand pula (P721 000).
Commenting on the supplementary budget proposal, the Members of Parliament had this to say;
“Mr Speaker some ministries continue to spend more that what Parliment has approved and appropriated , this undermines the authority of parliment and somehow its financial indiscipline”-Thapelo Letsholo, Member of Parliament for Kanye North.
“Mr Speaker it is evident that this Supplementary budget Is being used as a whole new budget, that shouldn’t be the case, supplementary budgeting should be used for emergency expenditures not where departments and Ministries have failed to use money and budget properly.” Wynter Mmolotsi, Member of Parliament for Francistown South.
“Minister Matsheka , something is not right, these supplementary budgets reflects bad on our budgeting and planning, it means money is not being spent properly, Dr Matsheka you said it will not be business as usual”- Oabile Regoeng, Member of Parliament for Molepolole North.