Members of Parliament on the Committee led by their acting Chairperson, Milton Muwuma of Kigulu County in Iganga District tasked Muwonge to explain their declaration of middle-income after the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank disputed it.
Parliament on the Human Rights Committee on Wednesday tasked officials from the
Uganda Bureau of Statistics – UBOS to explain how they concluded that the
country had attained a middle-income status amid starvation in the country.
Last month, President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni while addressing the country at
Kololo Ceremonial Grounds during the annual State of National Address declared
that Uganda has attained middle-income status.
UBOS led by
James Muwonge, the Director of Methodology and Statistics was on Wednesday 2022
appearing before the Committee to answer to considerations of the Human Rights Annual
Report for 2018 to 2021.
of Parliament on the Committee led by their acting Chairperson, Milton Muwuma
of Kigulu County in Iganga District tasked Muwonge to explain their declaration
of middle-income after the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank
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Ben Koryang, the Dodoth West MP tasked UBOS to explain why they misled the
President and how they arrived at declaring the country as having attained
wondered why the IMF says Uganda has not attained middle-income status based on
their statistical information, and yet UBOS says Uganda has attained.
questioned if it was not an exaggeration to declare Uganda as being in middle
income, or as nearing middle income and yet people are still starving to death
in regions like Karamoja while others still survive on less than a dollar a
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But Muwonge said that they did not mislead the President, but used the Gross
Domestic Product (GNP) to arrive at the declaration, while the IMF and World
Bank used Gross National Product (GNP).
He explained that the GDP looks at all people in Uganda irrespective of
whether they are Nationals or not and yet GNP looks at only nationals, income
accrued to nationals.
that they are in discussions with the UN to harmonize the discrepancies.
According to the World Bank, lower-middle-income countries
are those with a Gross National Income (GNI) per capita which
is between US $1,036, about Shillings 4 million and US $4,045(about
Shillings 15.6 million), and upper-middle-income countries
are those with a GNI per capita which is between US $4,046 and
US $12,535, about Shillings 48 million.
Ochola's journalism career begun from Radio King 90.2 FM in Gulu around 2009, and Radio Rupiny 95.7 Fm under Vision Group in 2012. He also reported for Mighty Fire 91.5 Fm, Kitgum in 2015 before joining Wizarts Foundation in 2017.
He has been reporting for Uganda Radio Network (URN) since 2017 before being posted as Bureau Chief Kitgum, and latr Gulu between 2018 - 2021. Currently, he reports from Parliament.