Budget session 2016/17 officially opens

19Apr 2016
The Guardian Reporter
The Guardian
Budget session 2016/17 officially opens

THE 2016/17 National Assembly begins here today unveiling the timetable showing that financial report for 2014/2015 of the Controller and Auditor General (CAG) would be tabled by the Finance and Planning Minister, Dr Philip Mpango, on April 22, 2016.

Dr Philip Mpango

However, the financial report will be preceded by the estimates of the Prime Minister’s Office (Policy, Parliamentary Affairs, Labour, Employment, Youth and the Disabled), while presentation of the government’s main budget is scheduled for June 9, this year.

According to the timetable, issues raised in the report by the CAG will also come up for discussion as the Minister of State in the President’s Office (Regional Administration and Local Government), Mr George Simbachawene is expected to give the government’s position on the matter.

Four new Members of Parliament (MPs), Shamsi Vuai Nahodha, Ritha Kabati, Lucy Owenya and Oliver Semguruka, will take oath before the Speaker of the National Assembly at the beginning of the morning session today.

Subsequently, the Minister for Finance and Planning will lead a three-day debate before official endorsement of the Second National Development Planning for five years, 2016/2017 to 2020/2021.

The debate that follows the presentation of the National Development Planning, would allow the Parliament to deliberate on implementation of budget estimates for 2015/2016 fiscal year from all ministries.

Thereafter, each ministry will table its new budget for the 2016/2017 financial year. On April 22, the prime minister’s office will take again the stage as discussion on its budget will dominate the debate for three days to be followed by the President’s Office on April 28 to May 2.

Budget estimates of the Regional Administration and Local Government will also come up for discussion for three days, as that of Public Service and Good Governance will take a day to conclude.

The schedule further indicate that presentation of budget estimates for the ministries will be concluded on June 2, to allow the government and Budget Committee to slot in issues of national interest brought up by the legislators during discussion of budget estimates of different ministries.

After presentation of the main budget, the MPs will take seven days to discuss on the content beginning June 13.
During the budget sitting, at least 465 basic questions will be asked by the MPs, in addition to 88 other questions to be directed to the prime minister on Thursday’s question and answer session.