The government will spend Shs700bn in the coming 2021 general elections, according to the State Minister for Finance in charge of Planning, David Bahati.
Minister Bahat made this revelation on Thursday while appearing before the Local Government and Public Service committee.
This came after the minister was summoned alongside the Ministry of Local Government to explain why Government has taken long to formalize the newly created Sub-counties and Town Councils.
The 2021 expenditure will be higher than Shs419.9bn that was spent in the recent 2016 general elections.
“The figures we are receiving indicate around Shs700bn for the general elections and we plan to allocate some resources in 2019/2020 for the preparations and then in 2020/2021 for the general elections.
“The elections we are talking about are from level one to the President,” Bahati said.
The minister went on to explain in support of why the budget has increased more than that of the 2016 general elections saying democracy is expensive.
“The cost of democracy isn’t cheap. Democracy isn’t cheap if you don’t want democracy, try the other. The other is more expensive with war and violence,” Bahati said.
The minister informed the Committee that Government’s resources envelop isn’t well prepared and there will be another plan developed in consultation with Ministry of Local Government to operating on the remaining Sub-counties and Town Councils.
The Parliament passed a motion in 2017-2018, that led to the creation of 198 sub-counties and 204 Town Councils which required Shs151bn.
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