A section of MPs have scoffed at the plan by Government to spend 336.86 shillings to purchase radios for learning describing the deal as too bogus to require even a single shilling of taxpayers money.
The minister of State for Planning, David Bahati had appeared before the Budget Committee to defend the Shs6.6Trn supplementary funding, to finance the budget deficit.
Bahati said that the 336 billion shillings meant for the purchase of radios to cater for learning of the 14million students who are home.
The West Budama South mp Richard Othieno questioned the program wondering why radios should be bought to facilitate learning through radio yet Government had announced students would resume studies by March 2020.
Kumi county mp Charles Illukor wondered why government only dedicated only Shs72Bn for school reopening, yet radios are costing Shs350Bn, and questioned what is more important than the other?.
The Acting Principle Economist at the Ministry of Education Derrick Namissi told the Committee that long distance learning isn’t going to go away even when classes resume and the Ministry had planned to evaluate the radio programme two months after candidate students have received their radios.
His explanation prompted more questions with Bulamogi mp Kenneth Lubogo asking if the two months passed for the review and if the radios will be delivered on time.
The Chairperson Budget Committee Amos Lugolobi asked to what extent Government was going to pamper the nation, wondering if the government leadership is now running a welfare state.
Dokolo district woman mp Cecilia Ogwal said all evidence on the radio project points to somebody trying to do some smart business on Uganda.
Ogwal explained said that there should be somebody taking the committee for a ride and rubber stamping.
She added that there is lack of integrity and lack of truth on this issue of radio, questioning that it People can not afford paraffin, how are they going to expect them to buy batteries.