Uganda's security budget will increase for the next three years, according to the Ministry of Finance.
This is already reflected in the 41.3 trillion shilling budget the government has tabled for financial
the year 2021/2022 in which Governance and Security takes a lion share of 7.7
trillion Ugandan Shillings.
This is followed by Human capital development (Education and
Health) at 6.8 trillion, Integrated transport infrastructure at 3.9 trillion,
Agro-industrialization 1.4 trillion and Regional Development and Development plan
implementation 1.2 and 1 trillion shillings respectively among others.
Although members of Parliament have raised concern at the up
to 30.4 per cent spending on security from the total revenue collection, the Minister of
Finance says that this money will increase for only three more financial years of 2021/2022, 2022/2023 and 2023/2024 before it stabilizes.
While appearing before the budget committee of Parliament on
Tuesday, Finance Minister Matia Kasaija and Minister of Finance in charge of
Planning David Bahati explained that security was the anchor to all the other
sectors and that is why the allocation is great.
However committee chairperson Amos Lugolobi said that the
money allocated to security is not commensurate to the growth of the economy,
adding that there was no evidence that the money being poured into security was
Lugolobi says that whereas security takes a lion's share, what
the same security seems to protect is very narrow or limited, with Gross Domestic
Product (GDP) growing at only 4 per cent.
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Matia Kasaija says that injecting a lot of money in security
will give confidence to many to invest in Uganda. He says the increase in
security budget is because Government intends to purchase or use the money for something that will be completed in the three years, and after three years it will stabilize.
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Butambala MP Muwanga Kivumbi says that the defense budget has
never gone down for the last 7 years. He says the increasing component of the
defense budget has been on classified expenditure.
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Minister for Finance in charge of planning David Bahati told
the committee that Uganda needs to remain secure in the midst of a turbulent
region. He says although MPs and ordinary Ugandans do not see the threats,
security people see these threats.
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Defense’s classified expenditure hit up to 2 trillion shillings’
in 2020 and this figure is expected to go even higher with the new budget.
Last financial year, security got 4.5 trillion shillings.