In­tro­duc­ing the #MakeUr­Bud­getUg Cam­paign

By: Parliament Reporter

When we talk about bud­get­ing – we tend to think that is not any­thing that we should be con­cerned about. But come to think of it – it is that thing that you do every day as you make a de­ci­sion on whether use a taxi in­stead of take a bod­aboda to your des­ti­na­tion.  When you are try­ing to fig­ure out whether to buy katogo or just a cha­p­atti for break­fast you are in sim­ple terms look­ing at what you have to spend vs he need and also what the fu­ture holds.

This in sim­ple terms is what we call bud­get­ing. When it comes to the bud­get for Uganda, the process is just about the same. There are 16 sec­tors and the peo­ple in charge of the dif­fer­ent sec­tors will meet and dis­cuss what their ac­tiv­i­ties for the next fi­nan­cial year are and what they need to ac­com­plish them in terms of mon­e­tary sup­port.

This year – the bud­get process is dif­fer­ent. This is be­cause of the Pub­lic Fi­nance Man­age­ment Act. That law stip­u­lates that Par­lia­ment meets de­bates and ap­proves the bud­get be­fore it is read by the min­istry of Fi­nance. To that ef­fect the bud­get ap­proved will com­mence on 15th July 2015.

We at Par­lia­ment watch are run­ning a Cam­paign that helps us all un­der­stand the bud­get process even bet­ter. The cam­paign ; #MakeUr­Bud­getUg does not af­fect the cur­rent bud­get but is sup­posed to help demon­strate the ex­tent to which the na­tional bud­get re­flects peo­ple’s ac­tual pri­or­i­ties. And the re­sponses have been rather fas­ci­nat­ing so far.

Be­cause of the taxes I know many that can­not af­ford to buy sugar or salt said an El­der in one of Kam­pala ‘s sub­urbs – Kisaasi

A KCCA worker also said the same : “I want to see re­duced tax on sugar and salt.” This shows that peo­ple are tired of hav­ing sugar as a ‘lux­u­ry’ com­mod­ity in their homes.

Some­one who pre­ferred to stay  anony­mous said : “The Na­tional Bud­get is­n’t made for the poor peo­ple in Uganda so I have no say”

This shows that while cit­i­zens have the bud­get be­ing about them – they are not that in­ter­ested be­cause they do not feel in­volved in the process.