The Ministry of Public Service has made a raft of proposals for Cabinet consideration to standardise funeral and burial expenses for notable Ugandans, citing unending difficulties in conducting state and official burials.
A state burial is provided in law for specified public officers while official funeral is granted by the President to any person for, among others, their exceptional contribution to the country or other causes.
Under the proposals, it will cost up to Shs500m to bury a sitting president and vice president, Shs300m for funeral and burial expenses of former vice president, speaker or the deputy, the chief justice or the deputy and eligible judicial and accountability honchos, including the government Ombudsman.
The funeral of senior and junior ministers as well as a Leader of Opposition who dies while in office and ex-prime minister will cost Shs240m.
In the blueprint titled, Uganda Funeral Management Policy 2022, sources said the government seeks to stop “haemorrhage of public resources” through inflated state and official funeral or other burial arrangements.
Bureaucrats involved in drafting the proposals now before Cabinet argued that the multiplicity of provisions in various regulations and legislations governing the management of national funerals have complicated coordination and led to overbilling and infighting over the dead.