The 2021/2022 financial year budget as presented by Minister of Finance Matia Kasaija this week caters for the nineteen key government programs but does not match up to the National Development Plan III.
The National Development Plan III’s implementation strategy was in September 2019 approved by cabinet and in January last year approved by Parliament as a five year plan strategy which the document, a principle guide for sectors and local government development plan was taken care of by the National Planning Authority.
However, the budget that he presented by Minister Kasaija covers resources equivalent to Shs. 41.2 billion which is Shs 8.5 trillion less than the Shs. 49.7 trillion that was used in the second year of the NDP III implementation.
Some of the insights indicate that more money has been allocated to governance and security which is Shs7.7 trillion in contrast to the NDP III aims, resulting the total programme expenditure being at Shs6.9 trillion.
Three additionally sectors that have been allocated controversial sums include the Human Capital Development which got Shs6.8 trillion, Integrated Transport Infrastructure and Services at Shs3.9 trillion and Private Sector Transformation which got Shs558.7 billion.
Basing on analysis by a local publication, the allocations for the 2021/2022 financial year budget indicate 15 programs that have been affected by budget cut downs without consideration of the NDP III provisions.
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Nearly all affected programs are part of regional development and they entail the ministry of trade, climate change, natural resources, environment and water development plan implementation among many others.
This angered many Members of parliament especially members of the Budget committee as their president Mr. Amos Lugoloobi and his colleagues fired words at the Minister of Finance
“You are expected to come back on Thursday with figures that align to the NDPlll, short of that, you will get problems with us,” Mr Lugoloobi angrily roared at the Minister of Finance after he presented the budget.