EDITOR: The story below has been updated with new information from the concerned agency. READ: FONERWA Clarifies on Parliament’s Budget Execution Report
Appointed in November last year environment minister, Dr Jeanne d’Arc Mujawamariya has plenty of money, and responsibilities after her budget skyrocketed to the shock of Parliament.
In the revised budget tabled in the joint session of Parliament on Monday, Finance Minister Dr Uzziel Ndagijimana said the environment ministry’s spending plan had risen by 266.67%.
Back in June last year when the previous budget was read in Parliament, the environment ministry, then led by current foreign minister Dr Vincent Biruta, had been allocated just Rwf 2.3billion.
Ambassador Dr Mujawamariya’s spending projections have shot up to Rwf 8.5billion in the revised budget.
On Monday, after the finance minister tabling the revision, MPs endorsed the plans, which were moved to the budget committee for further discussions. It is here that the committee was told of why changes.
Responding to querries from surprised lawmakers, Finance minister Dr Ndagijimana said the reason the environment ministry budget had suddenly gone up is because it had been given new responsibilities.
A large project that had been planned to be implemented by the Rwanda Green Fund or FONERWA has now been moved under direct supervision and implementation by the environment minister.
FONERWA is no ordinary government agency. It was the agency tasked with implementing the $5billion Kigali green city project. It also implements other mega environment projects.
Some of these projects will now be the responsibility of Dr Mujawamariya and her team at the environment ministry.
FONERWA was also in the news in May last year during the time Parliament was reviewing the execution of 2018-2019 expenditures. It was one of agencies found to be having “zero” budget execution.
The revised budget returned to the plenary session this Wednesday and MPs have unanimously OKeyed the new Rwf 3.1 trillion budget, which increased by Rwf 140 billion from previous.