Our vision and that of our President, HE Yoweri Kaguta Museveni is to cause social-economic transformation of the country through creating jobs, especially for our young people and addressing the needs of the 39 percent of our population who are still outside the money economy.
Rt Hon Deputy
Ministers and Ministers of State, Colleague Members
of Parliament, Members of the
Presidential Advisory Committee on Budget (PACOB), Ladies and
Thank you for coming for this
inaugural meeting of the Presidential Advisory Committee of the Budget for the
Financial Year 2022/2023. Congratulations on being appointed to
this Committee. I thank the Government
Chief Whip, Hon Thomas Tayebwa, for leading this process.
You know, they say that, if you want
to know someone’s priorities, you simply have to look at how they have
allocated their budgets. You put your money where your mouth or priorities are. It is therefore through PACOB that
the priorities of this Government which are well articulated in our Manifesto,
Presidential Directives and Constituency needs, will be taken care of and
aligned, so that the people who gave us their votes overwhelmingly for the term
of office of 2021-206, see that we are delivering on what we promised them.
Our vision and that of our President,
HE Yoweri Kaguta Museveni is to cause social-economic transformation of the
country through creating jobs, especially for our young people and addressing
the needs of the 39 percent of our population who are still outside the money
economy. The National Budget must therefore
target interventions that put money in the pockets of our people.
It must put
emphasis on those areas that directly touch the lives of our people, like
promoting agro-processing, industrialization, and infrastructure development—building
roads, railways, power stations—all of which unlock the economy and enable our
people to get their produce to the market. With programmes that target the needs
of our people, we will be able to make sure that the NRM Party and Government
remain the party and Government of choice for Ugandans beyond 2026 and for many
more years to come.
Friends, a key element in our 3rd
National Development Plan as well as the NRM Manifesto, is the implementation
of the Parish Development Model. We want to make sure that the
required resources for the operationalization of the Model are availed during
this Financial Year and the forthcoming years because we believe that this is
going to be a game-changer for our people since service delivery programs will
now be targeted at the lowest level—at the Parish.
We, therefore, need to examine the
budget process and make sure that it truly speaks to, and addresses the
pressing needs of our people, and not just leave it as a big document full of
complex language and figures that are not connected to the people. I want also to point out that with
the effects of Covid- 19 on the social and economic lives of Ugandans, the need
for further prioritization on spending the Budget on those areas that will
facilitate quick recovery cannot be overemphasized.
Colleagues, we also need to make sure
that the money allocated in the Budget, actually does what it is meant to do.
In short, I am addressing the issue of corruption, where public resources end
up in the deep pockets of contractors, and middlemen, and never reach the
intended beneficiaries. This cancer of corruption must be
fought by all of us in this Committee. We should not simply satisfy ourselves
with the allocations, but also with how the money is used.
This calls on us to
monitor Government projects on the ground and ensure that there is value for
money and that the quality of work is up to standard. By doing that, we will
make sure that the Budget serves the purpose for which it has been allocated. With these remarks, I thank you once
again and wish you the best as you do your work.
you.RT. HON. ROBINAH NABBANJA
MINISTER OF THE REPUBLIC OF UGANDA