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Museveni Roots for Youth Participation in Gov’t Budgeting Process

President Museveni has urged the youth to get acquainted with the government budgeting process.

This he said while presiding over the International Youth day celebrations held at Bubukwanga Primary School grounds in Bundibugyo district on Saturday.

“Youth leaders need to get acquainted with budgeting, because it’s through this process that we are able to put more money in roads and electricity. We now spend more than Shs 3,000Bn on roads and I can confidently say that we have achieved minimum economic recovery,” said Museveni.

The International Youth Day is a global event, celebrated annually on August 12 to recognize efforts of the government in enhancing the widespread response to young people’s needs.

The Gender Minister Janat Mukwaya (R) and Permanent Secretary Pius Bigirimana (L) talk to Members of Parliament attending the national Youth Day celebrations
The Gender Minister Janat Mukwaya (R) and Permanent Secretary Pius Bigirimana (L) talk to Members of Parliament attending the national Youth Day celebrations

It also aims to promote ways to engage the youth in becoming more actively involved in making positive contributions to their countries and communities.

At the celebrations, President Museveni explained  that  despite government collecting more revenue now than before, there is need to budget by the book.

“The youth should use their numbers to pressurize and engage their MPs to budget properly and prioritize three areas; peace, job creation, electricity and roads/ infrastructure,” the President said.

Mr Museveni emphasized that through an appropriate budgeting process in the past, peace, electricity and road construction were achieved.

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“We should budget more for development and not consumption.”

Youth leaders in a group photo with president Museveni at the function
Youth leaders in a group photo with president Museveni at the function

The President cited the contribution of peace to the recovery of cocoa in Bundibugyo, a region that heaped loads praise for its high production of the cash crop.

“All these cocoa plantations had been abandoned because of unrest, however we restored peace, and cocoa production is now on the increase. There cannot be development without peace,” Museveni said.

He commended the people of Bundibugyo for protecting the environment and asked the youth country wide to help join in the conservation drive.

In his closing remarks President Museveni expressed gratitude to the people of Bundibugyo for being hard working and by hosting the global showpiece.

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