Musasizi notes that the country’s tax contribution to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is low at only 13.5 percent compared to the government's expenditure which stands around 23 percent, leaving an annual deficit of over 9percent of GDP that must be financed by borrowing.
UBOS is undertaking the census mapping of all places in the country which includes the documentation of all areas from the smallest unit and marking of all land borders from villages to district levels.
The two cities had been listed among those identified as the next possible venues for the rotational trade fair that brings together the seven East African Community partner states. The other cities were Kampala and Mbale.
The rift comes a week after the City authorities accompanied by security personnel stopped leaders in Bardege Division from allocating space to accommodate vendors that were last month evicted from major streets.
More than 600 vendors trading in different merchandise turned up expecting to acquire space but the exercise ended shortly after heavily armed police officers stormed the area in their patrol vehicles and asked all the people to leave.
Last month, the city authorities forcefully kicked hundreds of vendors from the major streets of the city center citing they were illegally operating. Others evicted included roadside bus operators, pickups, and tricycle operators along Gulu-Kampala Highway.
Philip Polly Okin Ojara, the Chua West legislator told journalists at a press briefing on Monday in Gulu City that it was unwise for the government to keep injecting money into a venture that is not bringing in any returns.
The region hasn’t received adequate rainfall for more than a month now, leaving many farmers distraught as their crops waste away. The crops mainly affected include maize, rice, beans, and groundnuts that were planted in the first farming season.