The Global Economic Prospects Report predicts that Uganda will not escape the slowdown in global growth that has been steepened by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and its effects on commodity markets, supply chains, inflation, and financial conditions have steepened.
The CSOs argue that even after suffering the locust invasion, severe floods, landslides and an on-going global pandemic that has killed over 300 Ugandans, the government has in the 2021/2022 Budget Framework paper not allocated any funds to address emergencies that might emerge.
James Muhindo, the National Coordinator of the Civil Society Coalition on Oil and Gas-CSCO says this is a big commitment they have all along been waiting for from government, given the history of altercations that were involved in the initial stages of signing Uganda’s oil contracts.
Health Minister Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng said Uganda will have 18878 positive cases and over 500 people succumbing to the disease by end of April, if stringent measures of lock down and social distancing are not strictly followed.
Julius Mukunda, the Executive Director of the Civil Society Budget Advocacy Group (CSBAG) said that money can be refunded if an investigation by the Inspector General of Government (IGG) is done and the said beneficiaries are made to account.
During a press conference held on Sunday, Julius Mukunda, the Executive Director of the Civil Society Budget Advocacy Group (CSBAG) said the failure by Uganda Revenue Authority-URA even with recent innovations in tax administration to hit their collections is partly due to tax incentives that are harmful to the economy.
Aceng noted that she isn’t aware of any budget cuts since they have just received the first budget call circular from government, which isn’t conclusive because it doesn’t contain external funding and other sources like loans.
Agnes Kirabo, the Executive Director Food Rights Alliance told a press conference in Kampala on Sunday morning that the country risks not meeting it development target since government continuously focuses on areas that don’t foster development.