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.
Immaculate Omugisha, an HIV advocate with Uganda Network on Law, Ethics and HIV- UGANET says HIV/AIDS was not prioritized. She says in order to have a meaningful campaign on the scourge; government should have provided specific funding for testing and treating all those found positive.
During this financial year, total Government expenditure is estimated at Shs 13,988 billion compared to Shs 11,456 billion in financial year 2013/14. Of this, recurrent expenditure is projected at Shs 7,550 billion and development expenditure at Shs 4,881 billion
Uganda\'s Parliament returned from recess on Tuesday, 17 June. What should have been an ordinary opening, after a break to receive the State of the Nation address and then the 2014/2015 budget turned out more interesting than expected. We bring you the photos.
While the 2014/2015 budget has left many Ugandans grim faced at reimposed taxes and new taxes, it was not all serious business behind the scenes. Uganda Radio Network cameras went behind the scenes of the budget reading day to bring to you some memorable moments.
Shadow Finance Minister Geoffrey Ekkanya says interventions in the agricultural sector are wanting and may instead sink the sector which has for so long been the backbone of Ugandaâ€™s economy. He equally criticized the new tax measures on private schools saying this is a disservice to entities that are complimenting government efforts in provision of education services.
Kiwanuka noted that 450 billion was allocated to enhance the salary of all Public Servants including provisions for the teachersâ€™ pay increase in line with Governmentâ€™s agreement with the Uganda National Teachersâ€™ Union (UNATU).
Finance minister Maria Kiwanuka says the total resource envelope for the 2014/15 financial year budget is projected to amount to be 15.054 trillion i shillings. Domestic sources will contribute 12.32 trillion representing 81.8% of the total budget resource for the year. The Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) will collect taxes amounting to 9.57 trillion, while Non-Tax Revenues will be 206 billion shillings.
Full Budget speech...
The Chief of Defence Forces General Katumba Wamala says the increase on motorcycle registration fees will bring sanity to the youth who were selling off land in their villages to enter the business. Finance Minister Maria Kiwanuka read the 2013/2014 budget on Thursday with an increase on motorcycle registration fees by shillings 70,000 from 130,000 to 200,000 and vehicle registration fee by 200,000 shillings.