Simply put, transparency is honesty in all dealings while accountability is taking responsibility, explaining and justifying one's actions. The two are inevitable in any meaningful discourse pertaining our country’s development agenda. It therefore follows that effective national planning must be in the interest of all citizens but also highlight the importance of monitoring, transparency and accountability as key components of good governance. 
Cognizant of the importance of citizen participation in their development, Government has actively engaged the public particularly in the national budget process and indeed Uganda scooped second position in Africa in the Open Budget Index (OBI) survey 2015. The budget consultative meetings with the citizens and the budget website created by the Ministry of Finance inter alia indicate progress, despite related challenges like inability of most citizens especially in rural areas to access internet.  
 
 
 
One of the Parliamentary items in FY 2017/18 (Budget Framework Paper 2017, p. 345) is the purchase of motor vehicles and other transport equipment worth UGX 22.5 billion. These other equipment include a Helicopter Airbus EC 145 -9 seater for the Speaker and Deputy Speaker of Parliament, estimated to cost UGX19.5 billion. The justification given for this is the need to strengthen institutional capacity of Parliament to undertake its constitutional mandate effectively and efficiently. 
Monitoring the implementation of Government programmes is indeed one of the core responsibilities of a Member of Parliament. It enables them to legislate on behalf of the citizens from an informed point of view and this is why they are given vehicles, fuel and vehicle maintenance allowances inter alia to facilitate their movement. 
 
 
As Uganda continues the inevitable path of debt acquisition for development, lessons can be drawn from utilization challenges leading to debt accumulation for future reflection. The rate of contracting new loans has over the years risen much faster than the rate of absorption. By end of June 2016, the total debt outstanding was at 52% of GDP, of which only 34% of GDP was disbursed. 
 The Auditor General validates this position in his report (December, 2016) for FY 2015/16 which indicated UGX 18 trillion remaining undisbursed attracting commitment fees of UGX 20billion. The same report notes that undisbursed loans attracted commitment fees worth USD18.8m between 2007/08 and 2015/16.  Also, the level of disbursed loans reduced from 63% of the total external debt to 51% in the same period. The report also highlights that out of 96 loans sampled for the period 2010 to June 2016 totaling to USD8.8 million, only 24.5% was disbursed.