Dr. Muvawala who was presenting a response on the budget process and execution before the Finance Committee of parliament Thursday pointed out that the frequent use of supplementary requests, which are not matched by revenue collections is problematic.
As the committee interfaced with the State Minister for Finance in-charge of Planning David Bahati, a fresh document defending the additional resources was presented indicating more funds totalling 934.4 billion contrary to the 929 billion Shillings figure officially tabled before parliament.
Abdulla Musungula, a concerned citizen says most of the money should go to Agriculture. He explains that Uganda was in the past a rich country since people were economically empowered through planting cotton, coffee, tea and livestock among others.
John Ssegujja, the Executive Director Community Development and Child Welfare Initiative, says the country cant stand without enough food supply and warned Museveni against insecurity if the sector is neglected.
Plans by the Ministry of Education to recruit 2000 science teachers may fall flat as the proposal is not catered for in the 2018/2019 financial year. The ministry had requested for 18 billion for the recruitment exercise in a phased manner but the funds have not been provided in the proposed 2018/2019 financial year budget. Fredrick Mutyama, the Commissioner Education Planning and Analysis in the Ministry of Education says the available budget is to be mainly spent on wages making it hard for them to undertake most of the development activities.
According to Nakayenze, the share of the education budget in comparison to the overall national budget has been reducing from 14.6 1.6 trillion of the Shilling 12 trillion budget in the 2012/2013 financial year to now 11.03.2 in the next financial year 2018/2019.
A report by the Auditor General that sampled 32 local government units indicates nine of these failed to collect 84 percent of property rates resulting into Shillings 19.4 billion property revenue loss. The December 2016 report titled Financing of Local Government in Uganda shows that the nine local government units only managed to collect 3.7 billion Shillings in property tax during the 2015/2016 financial year. This represents 16 percent of the 23.1 billion Shillings they were supposed to collect.
Minister Matia Kasaija says government plans to invest in tax administration measures so as to improve the capacity of Uganda Revenue Authority to implement the current tax laws, and enforce taxpayer compliance.
The largest proportion of the resources have been allocated to works and transport sector taking 4.6 trillion Shillings followed by Education at 2.4 trillion. Energy and Mineral Development takes 2.3 trillion with Health and Security taking 1.8 trillion and 1.4 trillion Shillings respectively. Key sectors like Agriculture have been allocated 863 billion Shillings while Water and Environment takes 595 billion Shillings.
Referral hospitals across the country will have to wait until the 2016/2017 budget to receive 10 billion Shillings to purchase oxygen supplies. For the judges, about 5 billion Shillings earmarked for the enhancement of their salaries will not be implemented in 2015/2016.
The report cites the health and education budgets, which it says are below both the international and National Development Plan targets. It also notes that areas of the Social Development Sector affecting Children have seen up to 50 percent or more reductions in the budget for the fiscal year 2012/2013.
Kiwanuka told URN on the sidelines of the National Budget Conference that various government ministries were working on a report and theyâ€™ll have a â€œdefinitive positionâ€ on the South Sudan situation.
Shadow Finance Minister Geoffrey Ekanya further explained that last yearâ€™s Financial Budget for development component for most of the districts was not released saying that the budget process was losing meaning and becoming an affair that has no tangible result on the ground but is there to fulfill Constitutional obligation.
Deputy Speaker Jacob Oulanyah has demanded the Ministry of Finance to explain to the house why Finance Ministry has failed to appoint new accounting officers to replace the three permanent secretaries that MPs refused to appropriate money against their names while passing the supplementary budget schedule 2.