Buganda Kingdom’s Finance Minister Robert Waggwa Nsibirwa has revealed that the institution has failed to raise the targeted 121.07 billion Shillings in the concluding financial year 2029/2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Buganda Kingdom’s Finance Minister Robert Waggwa
Nsibirwa has revealed that the institution has failed to raise the targeted 121.07
billion Shillings in the concluding financial year 2019/2020 due to the
emergence of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
According to Nsibirwa, the traditional institution realized
only 100 billion Shillings creating a deficit of 21 billion. Nsibirwa was on
Monday afternoon unveiling the new financial year 2020/2021 budget.
The Kingdom collects the funds from Envujjo, Busuulu
and Kanzu, debt payment from the Central government, student payments, development
partners, sports activities, Buganda Certificates and Kingdom portraits, communication
stations, tourism and cooperatives, among others. In turn, the collected funds
finance different key kingdom activities highlighted in the budget.
Speaking about the deficit, Nsibirwa said that
COVID-19 has affected the Kingdom’s income since different measures set out by
government to tame the spread of the virus forced the closure of schools in
which they partly collect school fees and others.
He also noted that Kingdom tenants could not pay
rent dues, land transactions by Buganda Land Board was also affected, advertisements in
different Kingdom Communication Stations reduced and others.
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Nsibirwa emphasized that the Kingdom also expected
money from sell of certificates and Kingdom portraits but these did not yield
much since traditional ceremonies have been few during the lock down. The Finance
Minister says that some of the Kingdom’s activities they set out to do like
holding health camps in different counties could not be done.
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Uganda Radio Network-URN revisited the Kingdom’s
2019/2020 financial year budget and it learnt that out of the targeted 18.05
billion from school fees, the traditional institution collected 16.4 billion,
while Busuulu from different buildings yielded 2.57 billion out of the targeted
Kingdom development partners brought in 17.2 billion
instead of the targeted 37.2 billion, while sports activities collected 738
million instead of 2.36 billion. However the Kingdom collected 27 billion from
Envujjo, Busuulu and Kanzu on Kabaka’s land higher than the targeted figure of
26.3 billion. It also received 5 billion from government instead of the
targeted 4.5 billion.
On 21st March 2020, Uganda registered its
first COVID-19 case forcing President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni to declare a lockdown that forced people to stay home and several businesses closed, and
different activities in institutions halted or canceled.
Nsibirwa said despite the challenges related to COVID-19, the Kingdom
achieved some of their set out activities like registering the office of the
Attorney General “Buganda Royal Law Chambers”, won over 140 cases in courts of
law, hosted the Sultan of Sokoto, renovated the Nkoni Palace, started
renovation of Bamunaanika Palace and others.