The Minister of finance Matia Kasaija has tabled a
budget of 41.2 trillion shillings for the next financial year 2021/2022.
The proposed budget is 4.3 trillion shillings less than last year's budget.
According to the proposed budget tabled before the
parliament’s budget committee by the minister of finance Matia Kasaija on Tuesday, Governance, and Security will take the lion's share with 7.7 trillion
This will be followed by human
capital development, which covers education and high level training, at 6.8 trillion shillings. Integrated transport infrastructure
and services will take 3.9 trillion, Agro industrialization will take 1.4
trillion, and regional development 1.2 trillion shillings.
The budget also shows that domestic refinancing
will take 8.5 trillion shillings, domestic arrears 400 billion shillings
interest and amortization will take 6.7 trillion shillings.
The minister of finance Matia Kasaija says that in
the next financial year they plan to promote inclusive and sustainable growth,
accelerate industrialization, and maintain peace and security and human capital
In the next financial year’s budget, Government plans to
invest 490 billion shillings to promote the parish model in which the
government plans to spend 39 million shillings at every parish to promote
inclusive and sustainable growth.
According to the Ministry of Finance, the model is aimed at
promotion of social services and will consolidate the delivery of social services, and
the parish will become the planning and Implementation Unit.
According to the Minister, they have decided to
bring together all the current funds for development like the youth livelihood
fund, the Operation Wealth Creation, the women entrepreneurship program among
others and created a parish model which they will use to assist Ugandans
a new poverty alleviation program will not be affected.
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Butambala Member of Parliament Muwanga Kivumbi said that too much money is going into domestic refinancing
and amortization. He says Government needs to rethink this, as budgets are read and past every other financial year.
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The MPs however were not satisfied with the
proposed model wondering whether they have not just changed names which made
the minister of finance Matia Kasaija to for more time to make a presentation
on how the model works.
The vice-chairperson of the committee, Patrick Isiagi Opolot
said that it is not right to allocate funds to be handed over to citizens, and
yet people don’t have clean water and access to health services.
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He said that there are loopholes in the
Presentation of Ministry saying the parish model presented is not well
researched. He also says that the 39 million shillings is not sustainable.
He says they will wait to see what the Ministry
brings on table next time, but as it stands, the proposal is premature.