UPDF Classified Budget Shoots to Shs 6OObn

UPDF's classified expenditure this year has shot to 600bn

The budget for Uganda People`s Defense Force Classified Expenditure for the coming financial year 2015/2016 has increased by more than half to the tune of Shs 609.8bn.

The secret expenditure increased by Shs 264.9bn from Shs 344 bn for the financial year 2014/2015 to the new 609bn figure which is equivalent of 77 percent increase.

The above figure were contained in the Policy Statement for the Ministry of Defense that contains the overall budget projections for UPDF for the coming financial year.

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The Policy statement was presented to Parliament on Friday by the Defense minister, this case Dr. Chrispus Kiyonga who faced numerous questions from the legislators on the sharp rise of Classified Expenditure.

The documents, jealously kept far from journalists; which we managed to snatch a glimpse indicate three major breaks down in the classified budget: Land Forces quiet activity, Defense Equipment Project and UPDF Peace Keeping Mission in Somalia (AMISOM).

The Vote: 004, Land Forces` activity only termed as Classified UPDF Capability Consolidation, is to consume Shs 258,578,085,000.

The above are classified into two; Assorted Strategic Capabilities acquired to match the ever changing security and defense dynamics and the second one is Intelligence Information Gathering operation, secret advancing of frontiers and strategic coordination.

The Project 003, Defense Equipment Project is to take the lion’s share of Shs 342,352,500,000 which is more than half of the total Classified Expenditure budget.

This secret project is for the acquisition of three Strategic Equipment and Machinery which we cannot divulge the details for security reasons.

The first procurement shall cost Shs 64,644,521,000, the second procurement Shs 19,575,000,000 and the last procurement Shs 66,013,125,000.

The 2015/2016 financial year`s Defense Equipment Project budget rose by over 500 percent from 78,300,000 for the ending financial year to 342,352,500,000.

This website in February exclusively published that UPDF wanted Shs. 500bn for acquiring new guns and tanks from Russia that the details are kept classified.

The ministry of Defense which UPDF falls under its docket, entered negotiations with a bank in Russia through the unnamed Russian state owned arms exporting company in mid-2014 to get a loan of USD170m to procure the said classified military equipment.

We however learnt that the company was Rosoboronexport, a sole state intermediary agency for Russia`s exports/imports of defense-related and dual use products.

Project 1178, AMISOM shall get the least at Shs 6,213,000,000. The Classified AMISOM expenditure which is part of the total 298,266,000,000 UPDF`s Somalia budget, also registered increase from Shs 5,374,000,000 in this financial year 2014/2015 to the above Shs 6,213,000,000.

UPDF according to inside sources wants to up the game as Al-Shabaab intensifies their attacks in Somalia, though they have been reduced to suicide and guerilla tactic attacks unlike few years back when they held territories.

The continuous attack in Kenya is also another reason given the primary purpose of the mission is to destroy the enemy from its stronghold.

More enquiry into the 2015/2016 total UPDF budget of Shs 1,460,212,000,000 also revealed the increase in Classified Expenditure (Shs 264.9bn) alone, which takes about two thirds of the entire total budget increase of Shs 352.9bn. The 2014/2015 FY UPDF got a total of Shs 1,107,302,000,000.

The rapid increase in UPDF Classified Expenditure budget started in the FY 2013/2014 when it enlarged by over 100 percent clocking Shs 300bn from the 122bn in the previous FY 2012/2013. The FY 2014/2015 which is ending UPDF got 344bn and the coming 2015/2016 they want 609bn that is waiting Parliamentary approval.





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