The EOC chairperson, Sylvia Muwebwa Ntambi told the committee on Thursday that security was the only sector that has not met the minimum score of 50 percent in its plans to address gender and equity issues.
Members of Parliament on the budget committee have summoned ministers for Defence and
security to explain why the sector failed to comply with gender and equity
The decision stemmed from a presentation from Equal Opportunities Commission on
the gender and equity responsiveness of the 2020/2021National Budget Framework
The commission's chairperson, Sylvia Muwebwa Ntambi told the committee on Thursday that
security was the only sector that has not met the minimum score of 50 percent
in its plans to address gender and equity issues.
The other 18 sectors scored above 50%, with 9 in the range of 70% to 100%. The
majority scored between 50-69%, resulting in the national average compliance
rate of 68.9%.
Ntambi noted an improvement in gender responsive budgeting unlike equity which
looks at how sector plans address or do not address age, location and disability
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The report however shows that the security sector scored
43.4percent in its 2020/2021 BFP, down from 55% in the past two financial
Ntambi says that the security sector " was found to be
generally barely gender and equity aware without significant targeted
investments that were responsive to the needs of women, children, youth,
persons with disabilities and other such routinely marginalized groups of
For instance, unlike in the 2019/2020 financial year where the
security sector BFP clearly identified veterans, persons affected by HIV/AIDs,
officers wounded and disabled in war, women and children in its gender and
equity framework, the 2020/2021 BFP does not mention have this component.
The Public Finance Management Act provides that the minister of
finance shall in consultation with the EOC, issue a certificate certifying that
the NBFP is gender and equity responsive and specifying measures taken to
equalize opportunities for women, men, persons with disabilities and other
The chairperson of the parliamentary gender Committee, Alex Ndeezi
moved a motion urging the budget committee to summon the ministers for the
sector to explain.
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However, Lira Woman MP, Joy Atim Ongom rejected the motion, saying
that the ministers should instead be asked to take corrective measures and
submit plans to the EOC for assessment.
Koboko North MP, Elly Asiku however supported the motion, saying
that it is an opportunity for the budget committee to ask the ministers on why
the sector’s compliance scores have been declining since 2018.
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budget committee Chairperson, Amos Lugoloobi ruled that the
ministers for defence and security should appear on Monday.