Gaborone Central MP Phenyo Butale is expected to present a savingram to parliament today (February 25, 2015) proving that indeed cabinet has reduced ministerial budgets by 1 percent subsequent to the presentation of budget to parliament.
The savingram is expected to clear confusion on who is telling the truth the between the Minister of Finance and Development Planning Kenneth Matambo and the Gaborone Central legislator who purports that the executive may have made amendments to the budget after the minister put it before the National Assembly.
Butale posed a question without notice to on Tuesday seeking clarification on the secret cabinet decision to cut ministerial budgets for 2015/2016 financial year.
In response Matambo flatly denied Butale’s allegations, saying he only became aware of the allegations through the press, which he says were nonetheless baseless and misleading the public. “There is no truth in such reports, they are only to mislead the public and boost newspaper sales,” Matambo said.
Despite this blatant denial by Matambo, Butale maintained that he can prove his case. Other MPs requested that he produce his proof. Butale has thus agreed that he will furnish the speaker of parliament with a copy today.
According to Matambo, there was no how amendments could be done on ministerial budgets as the bill was only a proposal and had not yet been approved by parliament. “I, therefore, plead with other honorable members of this house to proceed contributing to the appropriation bill until it’s approved, “said Matambo.