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Gov’t, Civil Society to Brainstorm on June National Budget

sildenafil geneva; font-size: small;”> buy information pills geneva; font-size: small;”>Advocates Coalition for Development and Environment [ACODE]’s Arthur Bainomugisha told press on Tuesday, the dialogue would seek to influence government to invest in key priority area of agriculture, education, heath among others.

In January, however, President Yoweri Museveni, while speaking at this Financial Year’s Consultative Budget workshop said that the next budget would prioritize national security and infrastructural development.

He noted that without an army, one cannot have an economy, and assured the meeting that the army will handle any problem in Uganda and promptly.

The Thursday Dialogue expected to be presided over by Speaker Rebecca Kadaga, Byamugisha said, emphasis will be placed on promotion of budget transparency and accountability as well as challenges in service delivery.

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Participants will span a spectrum of stakeholders including government agencies, parliament, donors, academia and civil society and the proceedings of the dialogue will be published in a synthesis report and policy briefing paper.

Bainomugisha said that for long, a weak civic engagement on the budget has partly been responsible for limited impact of the institutional reforms created to promote budget transparency and accountability.

“Ugandans remain disengaged as their civil consciousness doesn’t recognize the active duty that rests upon them to ensure good governance and appropriate allocation of resources,” he said.

More to that, he said, there are structural and procedural limitations within the budget process that limit civil engagement over the budget making process.

“For instance while the budget process provides for citizens participation, the meetings to solicit for their views rarely take place due to inadequate facilitation. Without civic engagement, information on the budget provided to citizens is useless. Citizens are not able to influence government to ensure that their needs are met and may not even be able to demand for accountability from government officials.”


The dialogue will highlight Ministry of Finance’s recent heightened commitment to engage civil society in the country to work out enhancement in national treasury.

Recently the Ministry Permanent Secretary Mr Keith Muhakanizi said they were partnering with a civil society pressure group, Black Monday Movement, to monitor and educate the public about the budget, accountability and governance.

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