Wednesday, June 23, 2021

State Presidency 2017/18 budget big on “Spying machines”

The State Presidency Ministry will spend most of its Developmental and Recurrent budget on the Directorate of Intelligence and Security Services (DISS), senior minister at the office of the President, Eric Molale has told Parliament. 

Molale, who was making a presentation to the committee of supply of Parliament this week, revealed that this year’s budget of his ministry represent an increase of 8.7 percent over last year’s budget. 

The State President Ministry’s recurrent budget request for the 2017/18 financial year stand at over P1.2 billion while its Developmental budget needs are expected to go just over P670 million. 

Official figures which accompanies Molale’s presentation shows that the Directorate of Intelligence and Security Services (DISS) will get the largest share of both recurrent and development budget. 

The figures shows that out of the proposed recurrent budget, the Directorate on Intelligence and Security Services will be allocated P337 million or 28 percent of the total budget. At the same time DISS will receive the largest share of the Developmental Budget at P261 million (38.9%) followed by the Poverty Eradication Programme at P188 million or 28 percent of the total budget. 

According to Molale, the DISS will use its Developmental budget to carry projects which include various infrastructure developments, improvements in communication network and acquisition of mobile platforms.

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