Finance Minister warned of impeachment over budget protocol

Members of Parliament during a past sitting at the Freedom Hall- filed photo

By Akol Madut Ngong

Lawmakers have stringently warned the Minister of Finance and Planning to present quarterly report to the parliament, saying failure to comply shall definitely trigger proceeding for a vote of no confident.

This came yesterday during the presentation of the report of the Committee of Legislation and Legal Affairs on the Appropriation Bill, 2022/2023 at its second reading.

The legislators warned the national Minister of Finance and Planning that any delay of budget presentation to the august house for scrutiny and approval will lead into impeachment of the official.

The minister shall have to present quarterly progress reports on revenue and expenditure of the government to the Council of Ministers of the Revitalised Transitional Government of National Unity and to the National Legislature.

The chairperson of the Legislation and Legal Affairs at the National Legislature, Dengtiel A. Kuur said failure by the Minister of Finance and Planning to present two consecutive quarterly reports to the National Legislature shall automatically trigger proceeding for a vote of no confidence of the concerned Minister.

He reiterated that for the budget delay where the procedure of adopting the general budget and the appropriation Act is delayed beyond the beginning of the financial year, expenditure shall continue, pending adoption of the general budget.

“The minister shall submit a supplementary expenditure request to the National Legislature for its replenishment, consistent with the provision of section 7 of the appropriation Bill,” he stated.

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