Bunge budget session starts tomorrow

18Apr 2016
The Guardian
Bunge budget session starts tomorrow

THE marathon budget session of the National Assembly starts tomorrow in Dodoma where government ministries will present their financial plans ahead of the main government budget.

Speaker of the Parliament, Job Ndugai

The parliamentary session is mainly for debating and approving the government budget for the 2016/2017 financial year.

According to a statement issued yesterday, during the session four MPs will be sworn in who include Shamsi Vuai Nahodha (Kijitoupele), Ritha Kabati (Special Seats), Lucy Owenya (Special Seats) and Oliver Semguruka (Special Seats).

The MPs also are expected to debate and approve the five year national development plan 2015/2016 - 2020/2021 from April 19 to 21, this year.

Thereafter, the national assembly will receive and debate on the implementation of the budget in every ministry for the 2015/16 fiscal year as well as the budget estimates for the 2016/17 financial year. This will be held between April 22 and June 2, this year.

According to the schedule, on June 9, this year the minister responsible for planning will table a report of country’s state of the economy, followed by the national budget for 2016/2017, which will be presented by the Finance and Planning Minister.

MPs will start debating the budget estimates on June 13, this year to June 21, this year.Among other issues, the national assembly will receive the 2014/2015 report from the office of Controller and Auditor General (CAG) and the government’s response.

During the session, a total of 465 questions will be asked and given answers from the government in the august House. About 88 questions will be directed to Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa.

Two bills will also be debated and approved during this Bunge session, which is to wrap up on July 1, this year.