By Watchdog reporter

Government has taken position to cut down expenditure on all government officials foreign trips.

This has on a number of times been reiterated by President Yoweri Museveni. Consequently, the ministers, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) budget on travel abroad has accordingly been cut.

In a letter dated 13 June, 2017, the Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda instructed ministers to ensure all travels of government officials are approved by his office.

Rugunda said he had noted that some agencies’ staff travel abroad on official duties without clearance from his office.

In the new guidelines, Rugunda told ministers “for all travels, you should keep the delegations lean but appropriate for effective representation.”

He also said all submissions from the ministries to his office on travel abroad should be signed by cabinet ministers or in their absence, by the ministers of state holding portfolio respectively.

Submissions for clearance to travel abroad for local government including District , municipalities, town councils and sub-counties will be made to the prime minister’s office the minister for local government.

For other self-accounting government institutions, travel arrangements need the endorsement of Chief Executive Officers such as Universities by Vice Chancellors.

 

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