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MP accuses CES cabinet of ‘expensive’ spending on travels

Author: Moyo Jacob Felix | Published: Monday, October 31, 2022

Governor Emmanuel Adil Anthony of Central Equatoria State is pictured leaving a charter plane in Uganda's Yumbe District. (Photo: Courtesy).

A lawmaker has accused the executive of the Central Equatoria State of alleged extravagant money spending on travels.

Gita Betty Augustino made the remarks, a week after governor Emmanuel Adil State led a high-level delegation to Uganda’s West Nile region to meet the neighboring authorities on security and cross-border trade-related issues.

Emmanuel Adil traveled to Yumbe, Koboko, and Moyo Districts in the accompany of his advisors, cabinet ministers, parliamentarians, commissioners, security chiefs, and community leaders.

Officials from the ministry of foreign affairs and International cooperation were also on the visiting team.

Reacting to the trips, Gita Betty Augustino questioned where the executive gets the money from – when the state budget remains neither passed nor implemented.

“Whether we hurry to pass this budget, or we don’t hurry to pass this budget, the executive is already spending. Where are they spending from? They are spending are continuing especially the travels,” Betty said while speaking on Eye Radio’s Sundown Program on Friday.

‘They allocate a big amount of money for traveling rather than giving services to the counties that were why we are demanding for expenditure report.”

“What I have seen in our government especially the leadership of the Central equatorial state, is they fear accountability. Most of the ministers even did wrong things.”

When contacted on the matter, the state Minister of Information and Communication, Severio Mabe downplayed the allegations.

The state government spokesperson says he has been summoned by the August house and is gathering facts to appear before the lawmakers on Wednesday.

“They have summoned me also to the parliament next tomorrow, so I will not make any statement out before I go there. I am still gathering data, still gathering facts and then we balance, we go and tell them. I will admit in front of them, I will not admit in media”.





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