Before the outbreak of COVID-19, the government had projected the economy to grow by 6.3 per cent, but this was disrupted when Uganda and its trading partners shut down their economies, virtually halting most of the economic activities.
More than 60 agencies, commissions or authorities were to be disbanded, merged with others or returned to ministries as departments. Now Public Service Minister Wilson Muruli Mukasa says the process requires amendments in legislation. “Most of these agencies are created by acts of parliament and you cannot just abolish them,” he says.
When the tax measures were announced in June, business community organisations at the time argued that the government should have instead waived the taxes, because deferring them is only postponing the burden to a time when it will have accumulated.
The Presiding Bishop of the Evangelical Orthodox Church in Uganda (EOC), the Most Reverend Jacinto Kibuuka announced that they had suspended the physical gatherings in favour of virtual, cum-new spaces for ministry outreaches.