Government spokesman Ofwono Opondo has tasked Parliament to put to good use the funds allocated for the preparation of the upcoming 64th Common Wealth Parliamentary Conference (64CPC2019), arguing that any misuse of money may lead them into trouble.
Uganda will from September 22 to 29, host the parliamentary conference which is expected to attract over 1,000 guests from 54 countries at theCommonwealth Resort, Munyonyo.
Over Shs17bn has been injected to cater for upgrading and preparation of physical infrastructure, airport, conference facilities and new vehicles to transport delegates to make sure that everything runs smoothly.
On Wednesday Ofwono Opondo said although so much money has been injected in preparations, members of the organising committee must be very careful not to lose any coin.
“Government together with other commonwealth governments injected over Shs17bn for 64CPC2019. We are very certain Parliament has mechanisms to make sure this money is not stolen,” Ofwono tweeted.
“This isn’t the 1st global event we have hosted. We have hosted several events like CHOGM in 2007. We can’t rule out the fact that anything can happen, but we can assure you that through our different security agencies that we will be safe enough.”
But Paul Amoru (MP Dokolo North) also chairperson Publicity Subcommittee of 64CPC2019 said Uganda was more than ready to host the said conference.
“Uganda exceeded the internal requirements for organising the 64CPC2019. That’s why Uganda was allowed to host it. There will not be mishandling of finances because we have faith in our Parliament and Judiciary for accountability,” he said.
Amoru added that almost the whole world is coming down to Uganda so there will be a lot of spending which will, of course, benefit the local Ugandans.
The Commonwealth Parliament conference returns to Uganda exactly 52 years after 13th CPC was hosted from October 26 to November 2, 1967.
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