National budget betrays the slogan: “The people first”

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While the Presidency and the Primature saw their expenditure executed respectively by 137% and 129%, those intended for the fight against poverty were executed only 48%, on April 30, 2019. Similarly, National Assembly and the Senate saw their expenses executed respectively at 80% and 88%. The implementation of the national budget betrays the slogan that brought Felix Tshisekedi to power: “The people first”.

Poverty alleviation expenditures were CFA 572,031,554,975, or USD 327.43 million, compared with a forecast of CFAF 1,190,974,697,969 or USD 681.72 million as of April 30, 2019. according to the Budget Tracking Statements of the Ministry of the Budget.

At the same date, the expenses of the Presidency of the Republic were paid up to 35.4 million USD. Compared to the linear forecasts of the period set at 27.7 million USD, it emerges a 137.97% budget overrun. The operating expenses of the Presidency of the Republic are those that have contributed the most to this budget overrun. Based on a linear forecast of US $ 10.9 million, the Presidency of the Republic used US $ 22.2 million for its operation, an execution rate of 202.1%.

Same thing at the Primature. The budget monitoring reports of the Ministry of the Budget indicate that the expenses of the Primature whose forecasts linear was 15 603 779 683 FC, or 8.93 million USD, were carried out with 20 246 470 918 FC, that is to say 11, $ 58 million as of April 30, 2019.

This gives an execution rate of 129.75% compared to the linear forecasts of expenses. These expenses cover the functioning, which received payment in the order of 9 058 103 918 FC, or 8.93 million USD, and remunerations, paid for 11 188 367 148 FC, or 6.40 million USD, against linear forecasts of 6,798,243,597 FC and 7,836,252,230 respectively.

The same budget monitoring reports from the Ministry of the Budget on April 30, 2019 indicate that the Treasury has already spent 51,553,557,113 CF, or 29.50 million USD, for the National Assembly, ie an execution rate of 80, 19%, and 18 573 505 385 FC, or 10.63 million USD, for the Senate, an execution rate of 88.39%.

Just for the first four months of 2019, the Treasury has spent 40.13 million USD for the National Assembly and the Senate to cover salaries, operations and other social charges.

These data from the Ministry of the Budget show that political institutions reward themselves for budget overruns while pro-poor spending is executed less than half.

Expenditure on poverty includes common expenses; exceptional expenses on own resources; the functioning of the institutions; the operation of the ministries; economic, social, cultural and scientific interventions; remuneration; investments on own resources; investments on Transfer to the provinces and ETD; subsidies to Subsidiary Bodies; ex-BPO services subsidies.

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