State House will for the next 12 months need at least Ugx. 550m daily to meet her daily operations. This is according to the 2017/18 State House budget submitted to parliament for approval.
State House will spend Ugx. 552m daily on nine activities of the 36 budgeted-for items. These include; travel and transport, miscellaneous and other expenses, general expenses, communications, maintenance, staff allowances and staff training.
Others are: supplies and services, welfare and entertainment, special meals and drinks, classified expenditure, travels inland and travels abroad and vehicle maintenance.
The statement indicates that Ugx. 4.707bn has been budgeted for welfare and entertainment, compared to Ugx. 4.755bn in the financial year ending June 30 this year. This means the president’s residence will spend Ugx. 12.898m on welfare and entertainment daily.
According to the Observer Newspaper, For the primary teachers at entry level, who earn Ugx. 250,000, the State House daily entertainment expenditure could pay four teachers’ salaries for a year.