According to Bank of Uganda, government will withdraw 445billion shillings which will be transferred from the fund to the consolidated fund for government to pay for the 2019/20 financial year budget activities
Uganda government will once again
withdraw money from the petroleum fund and use it to fund the 2019/220
financial year budget.
According to Bank of Uganda,
government will withdraw 445billion shillings which will be transferred from
the fund to the consolidated fund for government to pay for the 2019/20 financial year budget activities.
There is no money that has been put in
the Petroleum Revenue Investment Reserve for investment, BoU notes in the
This is not the first time government is
drawing money from the petroleum fund. Last financial year, government withdrew
Shs 200bn to fund the financial year 2018/19.
This puts into question government’s
constant claim that it would save money from oil activities for the future.
Paul Lakuma, a research fellow at the
Makerere University-based Economic Policy Research Centre (EPRC) said in the
ideal situation, Uganda should be keeping that money.
However, he said, the
country has many gaps, including infrastructure, health, education, and
It cannot, he said, afford to keep money
somewhere when it has all these unfunded needs. He said the question should be
whether we are using the money to fund the right development needs.
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Officials from ministry of finance
told reporters then that government can’t keep money lying idle yet it has
BoU says for this lot, it has not
received annual cash flow plan of government in line with section 59(2) of the
Public Finance Management Act 2015, where money appropriated to the
Consolidated Fund from the Petroleum Fund shall be withdrawn quarterly.
BoU said they had anticipated capital gains tax
of about USD167 million from Tullow Oil (U) Ltd on the sale of part of its
stake to Total E&P and CNOOC (U) Ltd.
The deal collapse last month after oil
companies and government failed to agree on tax relief and recoverable costs
As at July 1, 2018, the opening
balance on the Petroleum Fund was USD 87.3 million and UGX 121.8 billion.
During the year, the inflows were of
USD 1.4 million and UGX 54.7 billion while the outflows of UGX 200 billion was
transferred to the Consolidated Fund to finance the 2018/19 budget.
Consequently, as at June 30, 2019, the
Fund balance stood at USD 74.8 million and UGX 28.2 billion. The Fund’s money is kept in both
dollars and Uganda Shillings denominations.