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It remains unclear where government will source for shs450bn to cater for new wages but a new taxation plan that seeks to increase tariffs on electricity, paraffin and imports could enable government achieve its objective.
Government would also need to address issues raised by donors who have since delayed aid worth billions of shillings.
President Museveni has in recent years urged civil servants to wait for better wages as the country develops road infrastructure and industrialises the economy to create employment opportunities.
In 2012, plans to raise civil servants’ salaries could not take off after the Finance Ministry fell short of finding funds to cater for their plight.
The National Budget Framework Paper for the 2013/14 financial year showed that teachers, doctors, UPDF personnel and other lower cadre Civil Servants could not get a salary increment as they had demanded.
Minister Maria Kiwanuka said last year that “critical requirements have remained unfunded in the financial year due to lack of resources.”
The Minister further noted she lacked funds for Parliamentary Commission amounting to Shs 43bn and extra funding to Judiciary of Shs 20bn.
Kiwanuka said she only secured Shs 10bn, leaving a funding gap of the judiciary.
Uganda last year decided to rationalise contributions to International Organisations to only strategic ones politically and economically, namely UN, EAC, AU, Commonwealth, OIC, ICGLR, IGAD, ADB, World Bank, IMF, Islamic Development Bank, Arab Bank for Development – BADEA, EADB and PTA Bank.
Kiwanuka last year said starting with the 2013/14 financial year going forward, the national budget should focus on restoring macroeconomic stability and rationalizing resource allocation to focus on investment in infrastructure and production.
“Therefore, achieving the objectives of the budget strategy will require that all Ministries and Agencies reprioritize the available resources to reduce consumptive expenditure and focus on production and investment,” she advised.
Since 2013, government has been operating on a tight budget due to the withholding of foreign aid as a result of plundering over Shs50bn in the Office of the Prime Minister.
According to Kiwanuka, external support to the budget declined by 93 percent from Shs 749bn in 2012/13 financial year to about Shs 50bn due to the withdrawal of budget support by most donor countries.
In a related development, the caucus also resolved to maintain the current high level of infrastructure development across the country.
The ministry of Energy and works shall continue to be receiving the biggest portion of the budget to expedite the country’s level of economic growth and linkages.
On the other hand, the caucus has asked the government paper, The New Vision to apologize for a story that MPs received shs4m each to sensitize their constituents on the Kyankwanzi resolutions.