The Ministry of Public Service has made araft of proposals for Cabinet consideration to standardise funeral and burial expenses for notable Ugandans, citing unending difficulties in conducting state and official burials.
Under the proposals, it will cost up to Shs500m to bury a sitting president and vice president, Shs300m for funeral and burial expenses of former vice president, speaker or the deputy, the chief justice or the deputy and eligible judicial and accountability honchos, including the government Ombudsman.
The funeral of senior and junior ministers as well as a Leader of Opposition who dies while in office and ex-prime minister will cost Shs240m.
Bureaucrats involved in drafting the proposals now before Cabinet argued that the multiplicity of provisions in various regulations and legislations governing the management of national funerals have complicated coordination and led to overbilling and infighting over the dead.
In the blueprint titled, Uganda Funeral Management Policy 2022, sources said the government seeks to stop “haemorrhage of public resources” through inflated state and official funeral or other burial arrangements
The initial budget prepared by the National Organising Committee chaired by the Presidency Minister, Ms Milly Babalanda, was Shs2.5b. This excluded medical and funeral home bills in the US as well as expenses of flying back the body.
After this publication exposed the budget estimates, bureaucrats slashed the budget first to Shs1.8b and again to Shs1.5b, although the final expenditure was not publicly disclosed.
If Cabinet approves the draft policy the funeral expenses for MPs currently budgeted at Shs67.7m, will increase to Shs240m.
Source daily monitor