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The NRM Regime have during the FY2015/2016 fallen behind on paying out UGX 2.7 trillion!

Today I am dropping numbers that are devastating, as the numbers of debt that the National Resistance Movement (NRM) isn’t paying, show’s sufficient motives for malpractice when it comes to budgeting and the structure of payments. There are certainly not enough transparency and clear audit of the state reserves, as the State is misusing seriously amount of funds. The NRM Regime and their President should be ashamed by their record.

Emmanuel Katongole is the Head Information Technology in the Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development (MoFPED) in Uganda on the 12th April 2017, he dropped a document on their web-page that show’s the domestic arrears of the Republic of Uganda in the last Financial Year.

If you wonder what Domestic Arrears means: “The amount by which a government has fallen behind in its payment of interest and principal on debt to lenders within its own country” (Encyclo.co.uk). So Katongole will literately show how bad the National Resistance Movement is on paying their bills and expenditure. All the sums of this report is in Ugandan Shillings (UGX).

Like under the Office of the President and the Internal Security Organisation (ISO) who itself leaves arrears in the margin of 3.8bn shillings and 8bn shillings in other payable arrears. That one part of the budget and current audit of the Office of the President as the total of verified arrears at June 2016 was 37bn shillings alone. So the Office of the President owes a lot of funds that it hasn’t paid, not only for the ISO!

The State House by the verified arrears at June 2016 was 1bn shillings. What is more unsettling is that the Pensions and Gratitude for Veterans are the sum of 183bn shillings, Survivors 315bn shillings, EXGRATIA 10bn and UNLA 26bn shillings. The Ministry of Defense by June 2016 verified arrears was 718bn shillings! So the MoD are a lax payer of their expenses and expenditure.

Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs owes verified arrears by June 2016 the amount of 684bn. Shillings Court Awards unpaid by the Ministry is 203bn shillings. The Electoral Commission has growing verified arrears by June 2016 because of Unsettled penal insterest for URA in the total sum of 3.2bn shillings. Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) has by June 2016 billed up verified arrears by 283bn shillings.

This is just some of the government that has not paid their dues and their expenses, their salaries or pensions, even their lacking covering of funds to pay debt, either internal or external. So the National Resistance Movement are clearly running an economy and fiscal policy that isn’t healthy for the republic.

Just to drop the total sum that the Government of Uganda has failed to pay or failed payments on their debt are by June 2016 the total of 2.7 Trillions of Uganda Shillings! Which is an insane number and amount of misspent monies by the state. The strategy by the Republic to fail so miserably cannot be sustainable, as the invoices and the target to pay their debt should be the most important. Still, the NRM doesn’t seem to think so. They are surely missing steps to having a sound economy when the verified arrears are hitting 2.7 trillions by June 2016. So the Financial Year of 2015/2016, the Ugandan government failed to serve out over 2 trillion of their needed expenses!

What is troubling that the year before, the total state had not paid on their debt and failing expenses in the Financial Year of 2014/2015 as by June 2015 we’re totally 1.389 or close to 1.4 Trillion shillings. So the miss-match between FY2014/2015 and FY 2015/2016 are 1.3 Trillion shillings. So the clear picture is that the Election Year for the NRM is very, very expensive.

Just think about that… eat the bill and pound on the amount of lost monies in the system. Peace.

 

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CSBAG Statement: The Budget We Want 2017/18 (20.01.2017)

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The Auditor General Muwanga really told stories on mismanagement and maladministration of the NRM government (Quotes from the End of the Year AG Report 30th June 2015)

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As of yesterday there we’re the reported 111 cars that vanished and weren’t procured by a Ministry in Uganda. Because of that I had to look more through the report of the Auditor General John Muwanga. There are many stories; some of the ones in this Report have already been discussed on my page.

There so many stories to pick, but here is some of my favourites that shows all from a goats, expressways to other where money have disappeared, over-compensated or not allocated needed funds for the planned procurement and projects that the Government we’re supposed to do. Take a look!

Indebted to International Organizations:

I noted that a number of Government entities are indebted to International Organizations such as PTA Bank, ADB, EADB, WTO, UNIDO, COMESA and Shelter Afrique. A sample of five entities revealed indebtedness of UGX.77,724,089,603 and US$.4,968,950” (OAG, P: 36, 2015).

Overpay on construction of Kampala-Entebbe Expressway:

“An analysis was done and adjustments for the different features of the two expressways were made. It was observed that the unit cost for the Kampala-Entebbe expressway was US$ 2.315 million per lane kilometre while the similar expressway was US$ 1.204 million per lane kilometer” (OAG, P: 38, 2015).

NAO Project going nowhere:

“The protocol agreement between Government of Uganda (GoU) and Democratic People’s Republic of China (DPRC) was signed on the 27th June 2008. It involved establishment of a demonstration centre under the National Agricultural Organisation. However, it was observed that after hand-over of the site by Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries to the DPRC, there was no proper follow up by Government on the project as such it was difficult to establish whether the anticipated funding of RMB YUAN 50,000,000 equivalent to UGX.26 bn was received and how it was applied to the project” (OAG, P: 42, 2015).

NCIP disbursed funds:

“Government signed fourteen (14) protocols under the Northern Corridor Integration Projects where substantial amounts of funds have been invested and implementation is on-going. For example amounts totalling to UGX4.2bn was disbursed to fund the power interconnection and the Hoima-Lokichar-Lamu oil pipeline. However, the protocols do not provide for regional coordination and monitoring as well as the audit framework to provide an independent assurance on the utilization of joint funds. This renders it difficult to track the progress of the projects and follow up the accountability for the funds disbursed” (OAG, P: 43, 2015).

Advances Unaccounted for:

Uganda National Roads Authority: 47,738,040,619 UGX” (…) “Ministry of Local Government:  3,827,011,454 UGX” (OAG, P:87, 2015).

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Bidco has avoided VAT:

It was noted that as of November, 2014, the outstanding VAT obligations for BIDCO stood at UGX.744,420,170, included in this figure was late payment interest charge of UGX.168,747,557. Accordingly, a sum of UGX.700,000,000 was paid to URA towards settlement of the tax arrears” (OAG, P: 93, 2015). “After the eleven (11) years, BIDCO would start paying VAT directly on its own and from the 12th year start refunding to Government the VAT plus 5% interest for the first eleven (11) years in (8) equal installments over a period of (8) years. This condition was subject to fulfillment of article 4(3) of the agreement which requires Government to have handed fully to BIDCO all the agreed 26,500 hectares of land” (OAG, P: 94, 2015).

ADB Susbscription:

“In August, 2010, the Governing Council of the African Development Bank (AfDB) under the sixth general capital increase of the bank allocated Uganda shares worth USD.19,759,798 payable over a 12 years period in annual instalments of USD.1,646,649. It was noted that the payment of Uganda’s 4th instalment of UDS.1,293,299 which became due on 16th March, 2015 had not been made. As a result, the callable shares related to the missed instalment had been suspended in line with the Board of Governors resolution on the sixth general capital increase of the bank meeting” (OAG, P:95, 2016).

Banana Project:

“The banana project owns land in Bushenyi together with other movable properties. However, it was noted that the land title is still in the names of the project without the legal mandate to continue owning this land of behalf on government unless the expired legal status is resolved following the legal opinion of the Attorney General to transfer the project under Agriculture sector” (…) “During the financial year 2014/2015, the PIBID project had a budget provision of UGX.9bn out of which only UGX.2.7bn was released as vote on account and as a result, activities worth UGX.6,682,145,000 were not under taken. The affected activities include: purchase and installation of machinery and equipment (UGX.2.5bn), Construction materials (UGX.1.457bn.), marketing of the tooke products (UGX.777,665,000) and procurement of transport equipment (UGX.780,000000)” (OAG, P: 102-103, 2015).

Delayed Construction of Katuna OSBP and swamp reclamation works:

“The construction of Katuna OSBP is undertaken at a contract sum of UGX.8,951,277,750 and Swamp reclamation for access road works estimated at UGX.12,000,000,000. The commencement date for the construction was 13th June 2014 and the estimated completion date was set for 13th June 2015. This was later revised to 30th December 2015. Inspection of construction works showed the following” (…) “The EU Confirmed funding on the 12th May 2014 and all the conditions set by World Bank were met including NEMA’s clearance that was received on the 30th April 2014. I noted that GOU was required to finance the building works for Katuna OSBP since IDA credit funding had been exhausted. The contract for construction of OSBP was finally awarded at a sum of UGX.8,951,277,750 on the 5th June 2014. The EU delayed to operationalize her support and the contractor could not commence on the major building works due to delayed reclamation of the wetland where the buildings were to be constructed” (…) “Management explained that heavy rains, poor terrain and lack of material sources in Katuna such as sand are the biggest challenges. The would be material sources such as hard core are not readily accessible due to the hilly terrain of the area and the contractor can only make a few trips only on a sunny day. For materials like sand, the source is Mbarara (about 150km) and the contractor can only make a few trips given that the road (Mbarara-Ntungamo and Kabale-Katuna) is under construction” (OAG, P: 137-139, 2015).

Uganda Police Force:

“A review of the statement of financial position revealed outstanding payables of UGX.16,454,307,782. Payables worth UGX.10,500,682,162 were incurred during the year which implies that management continued to incur arrears without establishing sufficient mechanisms to monitor and control them” (OAG, P: 183, 2015).

Ministry of Local Government:

“A review of the Ministry of Local Government’s expenditure revealed that the entity charged wrong expenditure codes to a tune of UGX.12,086,792,676. This constituted 40% of total actual expenditure for the Ministry of Local Government. Whereas the funds were spent on items for which they were not originally budgeted for, the accounts have been presented in a way that reflects that the amounts were spent on the earlier budgeted items” (OAG, 2015).

M/S Faw Limited:

“A local company was contracted by the Ministry to provide storage space for the various roads, sanitary and fire-fighting equipment procured under a Chinese loan in 2011/2012 financial year from their parent company. The providers were paid UGX.1,416,000,000 during the year 2014/15 for 20 months storage of the equipment delivered. A review of the procurement file revealed the following” (…) “It was noted that only the Contracts Committee decision on a submission (PP Form 209) approving the evaluation report and contract award at a monthly fee of UGX.70,800,000 were available on file. However, the Solicitor General’s approval and contract agreement were on the procurement file. No initiation of procurement, invitation of potential bidders, record of receipt of bidders, evaluation report and PDU submission of Evaluation Committee report to Contracts Committee were on file to support the award” (…) “A review of the availed documentation revealed that two conflicting pro-forma invoices were submitted by the firm with one quoting a monthly fee of US$.14,160 VAT inclusive for ten months, that is; from 1st June 2012 to 31st March 2013 totaling US$.141,600 and dated 17/5/2012 and another one dated 2/1/2012 quoting a monthly fee of UGX.70,800,000 VAT inclusive for twenty months without clarifying the particular months” (…) “The final batch which arrived in August 2013, was commissioned by the president in October 2013 and handed over to police on 19th December 2013 implying storage of at most five (5) months. This makes fourteen (14) total months of storage as opposed to the 20 months billed resulting into a loss of UGX.424,800,000” (OAG, P: 237-239).

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Ministry of Defence:

“During the year the Ministry’s total expenditure on land acquired amounted to UGX.1,119,388,145. However, it was noted that the government policy of capitalising the acquired land from the financial year 2011/2012 did not give guidance on what to include as cost of land acquired. As such, this amount could not be verified due to lack of guidelines on treatment of land costs in the financial statements” (…) “It was observed that a sum of UGX.1,000,000,000 was paid to an individual as part payment on a claim of UGX.2,958,668,733 for the compensation of 683 cattle and 119 goats which were handed over to 4th Division for safe custody during the insurgency period in 1986” (…) “It was not possible to confirm whether this claim had not been paid before since it is now 28 years since the purported supply of the animals” (…) “It also appears that these animals were for various people but instead the compensation was made to one individual” (OAG, P: 285-288, 2015).

State House Entebbe – Okello House:

“State House has been occupying Okello House for many years with a tenancy agreement that expired in 2013. However, it was observed that State House has not renewed the tenancy agreement and no rent payments have been made to the landlord despite continued occupancy. At the close of the financial year, a sum of UGX.1.272,363,507 was outstanding in rental arrears” (…) “National Housing and Construction Corporation owns properties on Plot 1 Kyagwe Road–Nakasero which is currently occupied by State House. Documents indicate that National Housing has been demanding arrears of UGX.201,100,000 from State House. These arrears have not been reflected in the financial statements”  (OAG, P: 294-295, 2015).

If you don’t find this interesting that the Government of Uganda is misspending funds in this way and that this is just a figment of imagination as this is pieces of a giant report. The most interesting is that one man got the whole piece of the pie of what happen in 1986 and secondly that the State House doesn’t even have an agreement with the tenant who owns Okello House where the President has gallant dignitaries. That shows the state of affairs, brothers, time for a change and also better procedures and practices! Peace.

Reference:

OAG – ANNUAL REPORT OF THE AUDITOR GENERAL FOR THE YEAR ENDED 30TH JUNE 2015

Interesting findings from the AG report on “Central Government and Statutory Corporations” – Part One!

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Here I will Travers through the report of Auditor General of Uganda’s Annual Report for the year ended 30th June 2015. This is on: “CENTRAL GOVERNMENT AND STATUTORY CORPORATIONS”. I will take the quotes and stories that seem to show parts of how the Government of Uganda works and what the Auditor General have cared about addressing in this specific report. Take a look! This here is Part one!

What it contains:
“This is Volume two of my Annual Report to Parliament and it covers financial audits carried
out on Central Government Ministries, Departments, Agencies, Universities and Uganda
Missions abroad” (…)”Section 2 presents my findings and audit opinion on Government of Uganda Consolidated Financial Statements including major observations” (P: 25).

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Nugatory expenditure:
“Government paid UGX.26.1bn during the period under review as delayed settlements of obligations arising from contracts for construction services, Court awards, and contributions to international organizations etc” (P: 34). Comment: The government has no issues wasting giant sums of settlements it seems, shouldn’t’ there be away to not use the money on these settlements?

Unsustainable pension liability:
“The Ministry of Public Service recorded an outstanding pension and gratuity liability of UGX.199,255,907,539 as at 30/6/2015 (up from UGX.108,681,159,047 as at 30/6/2014). It was noted that the gratuity and pension arrears continue to accumulate, a fact which the Accounting Officer has attributed to inadequate budgetary provisions over the years” (P: 35). Comment: There been press release from the Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development during 2015 doesn’t seem like they want to fix it, instead blame the pensioners. Well, they have learned from their master right?

Understocking of the Government petroleum strategic reserves:
In 2012, the Government of Uganda and a private petroleum company entered into a concessional agreement to refurbish, restock, maintain and manage the petroleum strategic reserve facility at Jinja. Despite the concession requiring the operator to ensure that 40% (12million litres) of the storage capacity of the products is available at all times, I noted during inspection in September 2015, there was only 274,000 litres of petrol and 331,000 litres of diesel in stock compared to the required stock levels of 20,000,000 and 10,000,000 litres respectively” (P: 38). Comment: Doesn’t seem like they follow the guidelines from 2012 and proves that the Governmental agencies doesn’t follow the plans they have or have the procurement to buy what their supposed to. This here is just barely enough considering the use of oil and diesel!

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Construction of Kampala-Entebbe expressway:
“It was observed that the unit cost for the Kampala-Entebbe expressway was US$ 2.315 million per lane kilometre while the similar expressway was US$ 1.204 million per lane kilometer” (…)”This is less than half of the cost of Kampala-Entebbe Expressway which is US$.9.261 million per Km” (…)”However, a review of the services provided by the consultant’s revealed duplication of activities as the originally recruited private firm serves the same purpose as the international firm” (P: 38-39). Comment: This here has been discussed and been put out there, but still proves the misuse of funds, especially when one of the reasons is that you have two companies that have the same role on the site, instead of only one, and that adds the price per kilometer of roads.

Mismanagement of funds under the Ministry of Local Government (MoLG):
“the diverted funds revealed that UGX.3,827,011,454 remained unaccounted for and UGX.635,621,910 was questioned due to inappropriate accountabilities” (P: 39). Comment: Unaccountable use of funds is a beauty and proves that funds have been used without waivers or accounted for; where it has been used is something that we can ask, but they could by Kit-Kat bars in Masindi or extra bottle of cokes in Lira for all we know.

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Fixed budget allocation for essential medicines and health supplies:
The annual budget allocation of UGX.218bn for essential medicines and health supplies to all health facilities across the country has remained constant since 2011/2012 despite the remarkable increase in the number of patients” (P: 42). Comment: That the money are stagnate while the amount of patience goes up shows quickly; why the hospitals doesn’t have the necessary medicine? That is the simple reason why they don’t have enough.

Regional coordination and monitoring framework for Northern Corridor Integration
Projects:
For example amounts totalling to UGX4.2bn was disbursed to fund the power interconnection and the Hoima-Lokichar-Lamu oil pipeline. However, the protocols do not provide for regional coordination and monitoring as well as the audit framework to provide an independent assurance on the utilization of joint funds” (P: 43). Comment: Money to a project that don’t have a framework for the regional coordination and can’t utilization of the funds, that means they are just sitting in the fund, without any use or monitoring it.

Compensations of Project Affected Persons (PAPS):
“Review of the compensations for the Project Affected Persons (PAPs) on the two projects of Mukono-Kyetume-Katosi road and LPC Busega revealed inconsistencies in the names of the PAPs appearing in the Chief Government Valuers report and those compensated” (…)”A sum of UGX.1.3 bn paid without resolving the inconsistencies was questionable” (P: 44-45). Comment: That already over-expensive road project that has gone over margin and had issues with the contractors of the road-building. So that the government haven’t compensated the once that lost land where the road where built. Therefore the project is even more expensive, since this will be add-ons to the ones that already registered and billed for.

Budget performance-Budget shortfall:
“21 entities budgeted to receive UGX. 2,272,017,747,273, out of which UGX. 1,481,698,945,173 was received translating into a 65% out-turn for the financial year. This left a funding gap of UGX. 790,318,802,100 (35%)” (P: 55). Comment: This here proves how the budget is underfunding and not procuring from the Ministry of Finance, Planning Economic Development (MoFPED) to deliver the cash in-due time to the projects and other state entities that supposed to get funding to do their work. The ministry with biggest shortfall was the Ministry of Energy and Mineral!

MoFPED – Payment of avoidable interest on VAT:
“It was noted that as of November, 2014, the outstanding VAT obligations for BIDCO stood at UGX.744,420,170, included in this figure was late payment interest charge of UGX.168,747,557. Accordingly, a sum of UGX.700,000,000 was paid to URA towards settlement of the tax arrears” (P: 93). Comment: Bidco got to pay less to cash to URA then expected in a settlement, instead of paying everything they needed as they hadn’t cleared in their VAT. So the government was not getting what they we’re entitled so the company of BIDCO got off cheap.

AfDB STATS

Payment of the fourth instalment under ADB Subscription:
“It was noted that the payment of Uganda’s 4th instalment of UDS.1,293,299 which became due on 16th March, 2015 had not been made. As a result, the callable shares related to the missed instalment had been suspended in line with the Board of Governors resolution on the sixth general capital increase of the bank meeting” (P: 95). Comment: This here proof that they don’t take the place in the Pan-African Bank institution, only take the loans from African Development Bank, but not taking charge in paying dues to it.

Presidential Initiative on Banana Industrial Development (PIBID):
“It was noted that the PIBID project has been operating without an approved strategic plan. The strategic plan is supposed to guide the budgeting process by creating integrated link with the annual work plans which feed into the budget to ensure effective service delivery and achievement of set project objectives” (…)”During the financial year 2014/2015, the PIBID project had a budget provision of UGX.9bn out of which only UGX.2.7bn was released as vote on account and as a result, activities worth UGX.6,682,145,000 were not under taken. (P: 100- 103). Comment: 6,3bn was not released so that is under the double, but not triple of the ones that has procured to the PIBID.

Department of Ethics and Integrity:
“Directorate’s approved structure/establishment indicated that whereas 60 posts were approved, only 46 had been filled by the year-end leaving 14 vacant” (…)”that withholding tax amounting to UGX.4,662,524 due to URA was not withheld from seven (7) service providers and as such, funds were not remitted. Failure to withhold tax exposes the entity to a risk of penalties and interest charges by URA which may lead to nugatory expenditure” (P: 111-113). Comments: This here proves the defaults on the hiring of people in the department and also mismanage off tax.

This here must been seen as interesting; the report is big, so there is more to come. This here will be series with many pieces as the actions of government is to interesting to NOT be put on blast. Peace.

Reference:
Office of the Auditor General – The Annual Report for the Year Ended 30th June 2015 – Central Government and Statutory Corporations 30th June 2015.

Draft Estimate for the Budget for the Financial Year of 2015/2016 in Uganda – Quotes and Outtakes

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Draft estimate for the Financial Year of 2015/2016 and how it’s expected to be. It will be a bunch of numbers and I have picked the ones that seem special. The ones that could be questioned and ask yourself why they use so much money on? That tells about how much the government of Uganda planning to use on certain pieces of civil service and ministries that they run. Everybody that wants to look and understand a bigger picture will get a bit more information. But even if this feels like a long piece. Remember the document that was swallowed into this was close to 1200 pages. So that I have written a long piece it’s a reason why and how it became this long. Hope your get some insights and it was worth my time.

Piece by Piece, Government Organization and Ministry:

Office of the President:

The Salaries are the same from 2014/2015 to 2015/2016. No change the same 26,233,125 UGX. The rest of the expenditure is the same except for the secret payment between the financial years and that is the “Classified Expenditure” which goes up sustainably from 2014/2015 when it was 11,069,633 to the next 2015/2016 it becomes 18,069,633. So it means that the Office of the President has one expense that goes to something secret and is up 7,000,000 from last year and the only one(Draft Estimates P: 30). There has even been another classified expenditure that is set for 3,940,034 UGX and this is not for the main Office of the President, but to the specific program of “Monitoring and Evaluation” (Draft Estimates P: 35). Total for the Office of the President is 53,835,847 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 42).

Statehouse:

Another “Classified Expenditure” is set for the FY 2015/2016: 36,700,000 UGX (Draft Estimates P: 44). The Total for the Statehouse is 253, 226,426 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 43).

Office of PM:

Total budget for the Office of the Prime Minister is set to be for the FY 2015/2015: 146,581,639 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 82).

UPF:

“Construction of Pakwach, Kabale, Morulem, Napak Police stations completed; Construction of a staff accommodation block of 4 units at Alebtong completed; Armouries constructed at Ikaffe, Kabalye and Olilim PTS; 10 vehicles procured for PRDP districts; ICT machinery and equipment (communication equipment) procured; Office furniture for Buliisa, Aleptong, Bukwo and Yumbe procured)” (Draft Estimates P: 25). The estimated budget for the UPF is 4bn for the FY 2015/2016.

IGP:

Gen. Kale Kayihura Salary is from next year 103,200,000 UGX (Draft Estimates P: 24).

Uganda Police Force:

Directorate of Counter Terrorism in FY 2015/2016 is 10.254.176 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 834). Directorate of Interpol & Peace Support Operations in FY 2015/2016 is 4.265.402 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 835). Kampala Metropolitan Police in FY 2015/2016 is 19.606.632 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 837). Specialised Forces Unit in FY 2015/2016 is 129.002.902 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 838). Assistance to Uganda Police – Purchase of Motor Vehicles and Other Transport Equipment – Transport Equipment and Aircrafts in FY 2015/2016 is 36.439.322 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 838)

Grand total for the UPF in FY 2015/2016 is 435.133.848 UGX (Draft Estimate 839).

External Security Organization:

A budget issue that is weird that the ESO in the voting didn’t put any funds for staff training for FY 2015/2016 (Draft Estimate P: 917).

Grand total for FY 2015/2016 is 18.359.204 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 914).

Uganda Prisons:

Prison and Correctional Services in the FY 2015/2016 is 136.960.199 UGX (Draft Estimate 840). Murchison Bay Hospital in the FY 2015/2016 is 418.750 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 844). Grand total for the Uganda Prisons in the FY 2015/2016 is 136.960.199 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 848).

Ministry of Defense:

Total Vote for the ministry: 1,460,211,641 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 84). The ones that caught my eyes was first Welfare and Entertainment went from last Budget Year 2014/2015: 27,190,131 and this year 2015/2016: 37,614,465 UGX. Special Meals and Drinks a new post in the ministry and costs: 94,645,610 UGX. Subscriptions we’re 2,699,752 UGX in 2014/2015 and next year 2015/2016 cost 12,099,752 UGX – for those who can see that is nearly up 10,000,000 in one budget year! My favorite post in any ministry: ‘Classified Expenditure’ in 2014/2015 costed 342,252,085 and next budget year 2015/2016 all of a sudden 606,304,585. The difference between the budget years is 264,052,500 UGX. The Classified Expenditure is spilt in two pieces. First one is the UPDF Support and is set for 258,578,085 (Draft Estimate P: 86). The second one is Defense Equipment Project is 342,352,500 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 87). AMISOM operation total is 269,784,415 UGX. Classified Expenditure for AMISOM is 5,374,000 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 88). External Project Financing: Defense Equipment from Russia is estimated for FY 2015/2016: 264,052,500 UGX and to AMISOM is 298.266.10 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 81).

Ministry of Public Service:

Total budget for is set to 21,908,949 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 103).

Ministry of Foreign Affairs:

Total budget is set to 26,605,155 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 117).

East African Community:

Grand total to the EAC in FY 2015/2016 is set to 24.407.661 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 505).

Embassies and consulates:

Mission in New York:

Grand total for FY 2015/2016 is 16.144.072 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 1024).

Mission in London:

Grand total in FY 2015/2016 is 4.711.810 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 1028).

Mission in Ottowa:

Grand total in FY 2015/2016 is 4.948.238 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 1032).

Mission in New Dehli:

Grand total in FY 2015/2016 is 3.455.643 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 1036).

Mission in Cairo:

Grand total in FY 2015/2016 is 1.998.634 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 1040).

Mission in Nairobi:

Grand total in FY 2015/2016 is 4.259.503 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 1044).

Mission in Dar Es Salaam:

Grand total in FY 2015/2016 is 2.742.654 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 1048).

Mission in Abuja:

Grand total in FY 2015/2016 is 1.589.496 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 1052).

Mission in Pretoria:

Grand total in FY 2015/2016 is 2.732.934 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 1055).

Mission in Washington:

Grand total in FY 2015/2016 is 5.853.886 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 1059).

Mission in Adis Ababa:

Grand total in FY 2015/2016 is 2.346.789 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 1063).

Mission in Beijing:

Grand total in FY 2015/2016 is 3.673.069 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 1067).

Mission in Kigali:

Grand total in FY 2015/2016 is 2.112.602 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 1071).

Mission in Geneva:

Grand total in FY 2015/2016 is 5.362.895 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 1075).

Mission in Tokyo:

Grand total in FY 2015/2016 is 3.983.632 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 1079).

Mission in Tripoli:

Grand total in FY 2015/2016 is 1.899.252 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 1083).

Mission in Riyadh:

Grand total in FY 2015/2016 is 1.999.326 UGX (Draft Estimate P 1086).

Mission in Copenhagen:

Grand total in FY 2015/2016 is 3.487.953 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 1090).

Mission in Brussels:

Grand total in FY 2015/2016 is 4.834.260 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 1094).

Mission in Rome:
Grand total in FY 2015/2016 is 4.248.162 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 1098).

Mission in Kinshasa:

Grand total in FY 2015/2016 is 3.309.956 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 1102).

Mission in Khartoum:

Grand total in FY 2015/2016 is 2.264.481 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 1106).

Mission in Paris:

Grand total in FY 2015/2016 is 4.786.408 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 1110).

Mission in Berlin:

Grand total in FY 2015/2016 is 3.775.725 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 1114).

Mission in Tehran:

Grand total in FY 2015/2016 is 2.220.432 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 1118).

Mission in Moscow:

Grand total in FY 2015/2016 is 2.366.211 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 1122).

Mission in Canberra:

Grand total in FY 2015/2016 is 3.060.051 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 126).

Mission in Juba:

Grand total in FY 2015/2016 is 3.410.337 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 1130).

Mission in Abu Dhabi:

Grand total in FY 2015/2016 is 2.407.393 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 1134).

Mission in Bujumbura:

Grand total in FY 2015/2016 is 2.019.694 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 1138).

Consulate in Guangzhou:

Grand total in FY 2015/2016 is 5.135.304 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 1142).

Mission in Ankara:

Grand total in FY 2015/2016 is 2.770.166 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 1146).

Mission in Mogadishu:

Grand total in FY 2015/2016 is 2.770.881 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 1150).

Mission in Kuala Lumpur:

Grand total in FY 2015/2016 is 1.709.952 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 1154).

Mission in Mombasa:

Grand total in FY 2015/2016 is 821.446 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 1158).

Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs:

First is the difference in ‘Legislation and Legal service’ between last year’s FY 2014/2015 2.934.969 UGX and this FY 2015/2016 is 6.519.956 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 118). Total to the Ministry is 57.324.370 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 133).

Ministry of Finance, Planning & Economic Development:

Macroeconomic Policy and Management was had budget for FY 2014/2015: 14.860.620 UGX and become 22.596.043 UGX in the FY 2015/2016 (Draft Estimate P: 135). Capitalisation of Institutions cost in FY 2014/2015 the amount of 65.802.344 UGX and in FY 2015/2016 becoming 266.602.344 UGX. The Belgo-Ugandan Study went from 3.167.890 UGX in FY 2014/2015 and comes to 10.237.890 UGX in FY 2015/2016. Development Budget where the Capitalisation and Belgo Uganda Study is a part of went from 86.650.930 UGX in FY 2014/2015 to 303.365.890 UGX in FY 2015/2016. Presidential Initiatives to Banana Industry was in FY 2014/2015: 2.974.000 UGX and in FY 2015/2016 is now 6.530.000 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 135). Financial Inclusion in Rural Areas (Profira) went from 1.542.229 UGX in FY 2014/2015 to 15.251.632 UGX in FY 2015/2016 (Draft Estimate P: 136). Contribution to Autonomous Institutions from 53.986.033 UGX in FY 2014/2015 to the next year FY 2015/2016 it becomes 278..719.671 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 135). This funds that goes to Contribution to Autonomous Institutions is going to certain institutions in FY 2015/2016. Here is how it’s shared: Uganda Development Bank: 10.000.000, African Development Bank: 4.000.000 UGX, PTA Banks: 4.800.000 UGX, Post Bank: 14.302.344 UGX, Islamic Development Bank 2.000.000 UGX, UN-DCF Symposium: 1.500.000 UGX and Re-Capitalization of BOU: 200.000.000 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 142). Capital Punishment was budgeted FY 2014/2015 to 2.974.000 UGX and in FY 2015/2016 is set to become 6.530.000 UGX this is because Other Structures will cost 4.000.000 UGX and didn’t spend on that last budget year (Draft Estimate P: 158). Uganda Free Zones or Total Program 18 was set to 14.009.556 UGX in FY 2014/2015 to become 17.177.409 UGX in FY 2015/2016 (Draft Estimate P: 159). African Development Fund was there 3.600.110 UGX into subscription in FY 2014/2015. And Outputs funded in FY 2015/2016 is the same 3.600.110 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 160).  That same Output was set in FY 2014/2015, but nothing set for the FY 2015/2016, still it’ s put the same amount as last year with the same amount of cost. That doesn’t make sense.

The Grand total the MoFPED in FY 2014/2015 was 281.508.520 UGX and in the new FY 2015/2016 becoming 551.167.383 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 168).

Ministry of Internal Affairs:

Support of the Government Chemist was in FY 2014/2015 was set for 1.301.805 UGX and now in FY 2015/2016 became 3.331.805 UGX. It went up because this year Machinery and Equipment for 1.058.000 UGX compared to last FY (Draft Estimate P: 176).

Ministry of Agriculture, Animal & Fisheries:

Agriculture Supplies from the FY 2014/2015 budget for 7.981.942 UGX and for the FY 2015/2016 set to be 43.285.943 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 184). Transport equipment FY 2014/2015 set 2.400.000 UGX and in next year FY 2015/2016 is set to 4.166.500 UGX. Engineering and design studies & Plans for Capital in FY 2015/2016 set for 4.841.848 UGX. Northern Uganda Farmers Livelihood Improvement Project FY 2015/2016 set for 2.121.842 UGX.  Farm-Based Bee Reserves Establishment Project started in the FY 2015/2016 to be 300.000 UGX.   The Goat Export Project in Sembule District FY 2015/2016 set for 1.200.000 UGX. Livestock Diseases Control Project Phase 2 FY 2015/2016 set to be 7.855.600 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 203-205). Sustainable Fisheries Development Project FY 2015/2016 set to be 1.341.000 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 206). Water for Agriculture Production FY 2015/2016 is 2.588.320 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 209). MAAIF Coordination/U Growth FY 2014/2015 was set 2.417.000 UGX in FY 2015/2016 set to be 27.217.803 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 214). The Project on Irrigation Scheme Development in Central and Eastern Uganda (PISD)-JI in FY 2015/2016 is set to 5.319.848 UGX. National Farmers Leadership Center (NFLC) FY 2015/2016 is set to 800.000 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 215).

Total budget for the Ministry of Agriculture was in the FY 2014/2015: 84.075.417 UGX and FY 2015/2016: 142.530.281 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 217).

National Environment Management Authority:

Grand total for FY 2015/2016 is 9.147.189 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 871).

National Agricultural Research Organization:

NARO Internal Audit budgeted for FY 2015/2016 is 82.500 UGX.  National Coffee Research Institute for FY 2015/2016 is 219.156 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 796). National Crops Research gets for FY 2015/2016 is 670.049 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 800). National Fisheries Research gets for FY 2015/2016 is 589.512 UGX. National Forestry Research gets for FY 2015/2016 is 439.458 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 801). National Livestock Research gets for FY 2015/2016 is 311.856 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 802). National Coffee Research Institute gets for FY 2015/2016 is 219.156 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 813).

Grand total for NARO for FY 2015/2016 is 98.983.410 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 817).

National Animal Genetic Resources Centre and Data Bank:

Grand total for FY 2015/2016 is 4.450.000 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 706).

Dairy Development Authority:

Grand total for FY 2015/2016 is 5.044.202 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 650).

Uganda Coffee Development Authority:

Workshops and Seminars for FY 2014/2015 is 988.640 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 920). Medical and Agricultural supplies for FY 2014/2015 is 28.352.628 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 921). Grand total for FY 2014/2015 is 43.792.300 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 919).

Uganda Cotton Development Organization:

Cotton Production Improvement for FY 2015/2016 is 3.911.000 UGX. Grand total for FY 2015/2016 is 7.786.481 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 897).

Ministry of Local Government:

District Administration and Development FY 2014/2015 the GoU is 8.857.525 UGX and External Finance 186.249.482 UGX totally for the FY 2014/2015 was 195.107.007 UGX. On the FY 2015/2016 GoU is 8.275.525 UGX and External Finance 80.987.122 UGX. Totally FY 2015/2016 is now 89.262.647 UGX. The External Finance from last budget year went down totally of 96.986.835 UGX. Which is significant And the total budget cuts is 105.844.360 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 219).  Easy see that the External Finance is the reason why the cuts have happen.

Markets and Agriculture Trade Improvement Project is FY 2014/2015 was 31.949.871 UGX. Had External Finance 29.879.482 UGX and GoU 2.070.389 UGX. The next FY 2015/2016 put the GoU funding 1.000.000 UGX and External Finance 2.757.122 UGX and the total budget FY 2015/2016 was set 3.757.122 UGX. Total budget difference from FY 2014/2015 to FY 2015/2016 is 28.192.749 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 224).

Markets and Agricultural Trade Improvements Programme (MATIP 2) for the FY 2014/2015 was given from GoU 8.857.525 UGX + External Finance 186.249.482 UGX. Total for last budget year 195.107.007 UGX. FY 2015/2016 from GoU is 8.275.525 + External Finance 80.987.12. Total is 89.262.647 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 225). Difference between FY 2014/2015 versus 2015/2016 is 105.844.360 UGX in cuts and it’s because of less External Finances from the year before.

Total to Ministry of Local Government:

FY 2014/2015 the GoU 32.091482 UGX + External Finance 191.619.482 the total for the year is 223.710.964 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 232).

FY 2015/2016 the GoU 31.135.358 UGX + Eternal Finance 84.91712 the total for the year is 116.052.449 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 232).

Local Government Finance Commission:

Grand total for FY 2015/2016 is 5.083.375 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 854).

Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development:

Albertine Region Sustainable Development Project for the FY 2015/2016 set for 6.767.783 which is external finance (Draft Estimate P: 234). Competitiveness and Enterprise Development Project [CEDP] last FY 2014/2015 totally GoU funding which was 8.884.098 UGX. In FY 2015/2016 the GoU where 8.814.098 UGX with the Eternal Finance was set to 10.280.000 which is totally of 19.094.098 UGX, the difference between the years is the 10.000.000 in External Finance (Draft Estimate P: 241). Capital Purchases from the Ministry for infrastructure projects is set for 6.767.783 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 246).

Total budget for the ministry was FY 2014/2015 set for 30.214.981 UGX and for FY 2015/2016 is now 41.950.419 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 253).

Ministry of Education and Sports:

Uganda Teacher and School Effectiveness Project for FY 2014/2015 were given 8.061.000 UGX and FY 2015/2016 is set 90.395.134 UGX. And the External Finance for the project in the FY 2015/2016 is 88.355.134 UGX and was in FY 8.061.000 (Draft Estimate P: 255). So there is big difference between the budget years.  Emergency Construction of Primary Schools Phase II FY 2015/2016 set for 1.864.900 UGX. Albertine Region Sustainable Development Project was in the budget for FY 2014/2015 we’re 650.000 UGX and in FY 2015/2016 become 12.187.015 UGX. Skills Development Project for FY 2015/2016 is 19.930.030 UGX. Development of PTCs Phase II comes in the FY 2015/2016 is 5.377.824 UGX. Akii Bua Olympic Stadium get in the FY 2015/2016 is 1.000.000 UGX. National High Altitude Training Centre (NHATC) get in the FY 2015/2016 is 5.829.800 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 256).

Total budget for the Ministry was FY 2014/2015 set for 415.057.518 UGX and for FY 2015/2016 is now 400.556.219 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 283).

Education Service Commission:

Grand total for FY 2015/2016 is 5.789.344 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 741).

Universities:

Busitema University:

Grand total for FY 2015/2016 is 21.337.135 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 583).

Muni University:

Grand Total for FY 2015/306 is set 10.148.045 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 715).

Makerere University:      

Project 1250 Support to Innovation – EV Car Project for FY 2015/2016 is 8.220.610 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 762). Project 1343 SPEDA II cost in FY 2015/2016 is 1.058.000 UGX. Grand Total for FY 2014/2015 is 201.606.596 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 765).

Makerere University Business School:

Grand Total for FY 2015/2016 is 49.652.302 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 777).

Mbarara University:

Grand total for FY 2015/2016 is 49.652.302 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 774).

Kyambogo University:

Grand total for FY 2015/2016 is 73.828.998 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 783).

Gulu University:

Grand total for FY 2015/2016 is 26.718.718 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 864).

Ministry of Health:

A part of ‘Clinical and Public Health’ has located to the Shared National Services get 6.930.000 UGX for FY 2015/2016 (Draft Estimate P: 285).

Total to the Ministry is was FY 2014/2015 set for 581.740.966 UGX and for FY 2015/2016 is now 521.632.572 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 304). External Project Financing for the ministry was for FY 2015/2016 is 444.021.970 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 305).

Hospitals:

Mulago Hospital Complex:

Management – Incapacity, death benefits and funeral expence: For FY 2015/2016 is 600.00. Staff training for the FY 2015/2016 is 486.656 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 926).

Grand total for FY 2015/2016 is 53.809.703 (Draft Estimate P: 924).

Butabika Hospital:

Grand total for FY 2015/2016 is 9.702.815 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 929).

Arua Referral Hospital:

Grand total for FY 2015/2016 is 5.167.001 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 935).

Fort Portal Referral Hospital:

Grand total for FY 2015/2016 is 5.787.777 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 942).

Gulu Referral Hospital:

Grand total for FY 2015/2016 is 6.095.645 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 949).

Hoima Referral Hospital:

Grand total for FY 2015/2016 is 4.906.560 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 955).

Jinja Referral Hospital:

Grand total for FY 2015/2016 is 5.995.690 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 962).

Kabale Referral Hospital:

Grand total for FY 2015/2016 is 4.477.995 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 969).

Masaka Referral Hospital:

Grand total for FY 2015/2016 is 5.359.433 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 976).

Mbale Referral Hospital:

Grand total for FY 2015/2016 is 6.723.347 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 982).

Soroti Referral Hospital:

Grand total for FY 2015/2016 is 4.869.977 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 988).

Lira Referral Hospital:

Grand total for FY 2015/2016 is 4.344.172 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 996).

Mbarara Referral Hospital:

Grand total for FY 2015/2016 is 6.779.132 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 1002).

Mubende Referral Hospital:

Grand total for FY 2015/2016 is 4.756.488 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 1008).

Moroto Referral Hospital:

Grand total for FY 2015/2016 is 3.214.118 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 1013).

Naguru Referral Hospital:

Grand total for FY 2015/2016 is 5.800.972 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 1019).

Uganda Blood Transfusion Service:

Safe Blood Provision for FY 2015/2016 is 2.517.065 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 878). Regional Blood Banks for FY 2015/2016 is 5.432.786 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 879). Grand total for FY 2015/2016 is 8.414.084 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 876).

Uganda AIDS Commission:

Grand total for FY 2015/2016 is 7.747.968 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 563).

Uganda Cancer Institute:

Grand total for FY 2015/2016 is 17.040.925 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 614). External funding from ADB to UCI which is 3.329.460 (Draft Estimate P: 620).

Uganda Heart Institute:

Grand total FY 2015/2016 is 14.282.367 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 621).

National Medical Stores:

Grand total FY 2015/2016 is 218.614.467 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 626).

Health Service Commission:

Grand total for FY 2015/2016 is 4.169.557 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 753).

Ministry for Trade, Industry and Cooperatives:

Soroti Fruit Factory in the FY 2014/2015 was 4.846.906 UGX and in FY 2015/2016 set to10.482.787 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 306).

Grand Total for the Ministry in FY 2014/2015 was 19.450.781 UGX and in FY 2015/2016 set to 25.594.837 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 322).

Uganda Land Commission:

Grand total for FY 2015/2016 is 15.697.657 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 902).

Ministry of Works and Transport:

Entebbe Airport Rehabilitation Phase 1 FY 2015/2016 is 252.875.768 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 324).  Earth Moving Equipment Japan for FY 2015/2016 is set for 479.281.115 UGX, the GoU has 69.999.740 UGX the rest was 409.281.375 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 325). Transfers to other govt. Units (Capital) – FY 2015/2016 is 261.745.768 UGX, GoU are 8.870.000 UGX and the rest External Finance 252.875.768 UGX. Investmnt (Captial Purchase) – Machinery and equipment: FY 2015/2016 is set for 483.631.055 UGX. GoU is 73.349.680 and External Financing is 409.281.375 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 327). East African Trade and Transportation Facilitation – Construction/Rehabilitation of Railway Infrastructure – Other Structures: FY 2014/2015 we’re 7.000.000 UGX and in FY 2015/2016 is 450.000 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 333). New Ferry to replace Kabalega – Opening South both years FY 2014/2015 and FY 2015/2016 totally for both years 2.000.000 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 334). New Standard Gauge Railway Line the budget for FY 2014/2015 was 5.620.000 UGX and in FY 2015/2016 it’s now 3.500.000 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 335). Capacity Enhancement of KCCA in Management of Traffic in the FY 2015/2016 is 1.970.000 UGX. Entebbe Airport Rehabilitation Phase 1 in the FY 2015/2016 is 252.875.768 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 336). Master Plan on Logistics in Northern Economic Corridor in the FY 2015/2016 is 3.290.000 UGX. Gulu Municipal Council Roads (Preparatory Survey) in the FY 2015/2016 is 1.090.000 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 337). Redevelopment of State House at Entebbe in the FY 2015/2016 is 1.500.000 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 342).

The ministry grand total was FY 2014/2015 is 122.364.181 UGX and in FY 2015/2016 is 837.629.393 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 357).

Uganda National Roads Authority:

Construction of RD Agency HQs budgeted to 10.000.000 UGX is FY 2015/2016. Design Kyenjojo-Hoima-Masindi-Kigumba (238km) was budget in FY 2014/2015 was 65.000.000 UGX and it was FY 2015/2016 is 104.400.000 UGX. Kampala Entebbe Express Highway was set for FY 2014/2015 was 130.000.000 UGX to FY 2015/2016 is 233.140.000 UGX. Kampala Flyover for FY 2015/2016 is 19.630.000 UGX. Construction of 66 Selected Bridges for FY 2015/2016 is 10.871.944 UGX. Upgrading of Muyembe-Nakapiripirit (92 km) for FY 2015/2016 is 22.600.000 UGX. Total Development Budget for the UNRA is for FY 2015/2016 is 1.725.000.114 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 595). Grand total for FY 2015/2016 is 1.761.658.654 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 611).

Financial from External support for some of the Projects of UNRA:

Design for the New Nile Bridge at Jinja is supported from Japan. Design Kyenjojo-Hoima-Masindi-Kigumba (238km), Upgrading Rukungiri-Kihihi-Ishasha/Kanungu Road and Upgrading Mbale-Bubulo-Lwakhakha Road is financed from the African Development Bank. Kampala Flyover is supported from Japan (Draft Estimate P: 613).

Road Fund:

Grand total for FY 2015/2016 is 428.101.919 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 634).

Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development:

Kampala-Entebbe Expansion Project was in FY 2014/2015 is 4.920.000 UGX and in FY 2015/2016 is 53.493.000 UGX.  Large Hydro power infrastructure FY 2015/2016 is 2.314.840.000 UGX. The Hydro power projects are: Isimba HPP, Karuma Hydroelectricity Power Project, Muzizi Hydro Power Project and Nyagak III Hydro Power Project (Draft Estimate P: 359). Strengthening the Development and Production Phases of Oil and Gas Sector is set for budget FY 2015/2016 are 63.145.000 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 402).

Isimba HPP and Karuma Hydroelectricity Power Project is Financed from China. The Kampala-Entebbe Expansion Project is financed Germany Federation Republic. The Muzizi Hydro Power Project was financed from France. Development and Production Phases of Oil and Gas Sector are financed through Norway (Draft Estimate P: 402).

The ministry grand total was FY 2014/2015 is 1.775.909.953 UGX and in FY 2015/2016 is 2.723.629.310 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 401).

Uganda Industrial Research Institute:

Grand total for FY 2015/2016 is 14.340.221 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 578).

Rural Electrification Agency:

Grand total for FY 2015/2016 is 91.107.608 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 690). Energy for Rural Transformation (ERT) II- Rural Electrification for FY 2015/2016 is 10.944.108 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 693).

Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development:

Uganda Women Entrepreneurs Fund (UWEP) funded through the GoU for the FY 2015/2016 is 1.000.000 UGX. Youth Livelihood Programme (YLP) for the budget FY 2015/2016 is set for 33.000.000 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 403). Social Assistance Grant for Empowerment – Sector Institutions and Implementing Partners Supported – SAGE beneficiaries: FY 2015/2016 set to 6.800.746 UGX. Youth Livelihood Programme (YLP) we’re set budget for FY 2015/2016 is 33.000.000 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 418).  Sector Institutions and Implementing Partners Supported – o/w transfers to LGs and KCCA for youth projects FY 2015/2016 is set 27.915.180 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 417).

Grand total for the Ministry was for FY 2014/2015 we’re  62.792.359 UGX and in FY 2015/2016 is now 70.398.881 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 420).

Equal Opportunity Commission:

Grand total for FY 2015/2016 is 4.450.000 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 701).

Uganda Human Rights Commission:

Grand total for FY 2015/2016 is 11.700.407 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 559).

Ethics and Integrity:

Grand total for FY 2015/2016 is 5.429.296 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 590).

Ministry of Water and Environment:

Support to RWS Project: FY 2014/2015 was set to 29.997.000 UGX and the next budget year FY 2015/2016 is 45.097.000 UGX. Piped Water in Rural Areas: FY 2015/2016 set to 16.675.333 UGX. Urban Water Supply & Sewerage was set for FY 2014/2015: 409.007 UGX and in FY 2015/2016 it is 3.389.007 UGX. Protection of Lake Victoria-Kampala Sanitation Program is set 39.013.434 UGX in FY 2014/2015 and in FY 2015/2016 is set 70.629.000 UGX. Kampala Water Lake Victoria Water and Sanitation Program were set to be 17.899.244 UGX in FY 2014/2015 and in FY 2015/2016 is set 47.930.965 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 421). Lake Victoria Environment Management Project was set 10.821.000 UGX for FY 2014/2015 and in the FY 2015/2016 is 25.257.000 UGX. Water Management and Development Project is set to 2.718.539 UGX in FY 2014/2015 and now in FY 2015/2016 is 5.617.000 UGX. Uganda National Meteorological Authority (UNMA) budget for 2015/2016 set for 12.661.000 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 422)

Grand total for the ministry is the 340.742.483 UGX in FY 2014/2015 and in FY 2015/2016 is set to be totally 436.164.599 UGX.

National Forestry Authority:

Support to National Forestry Authority – Agricultural Supplies in the FY 2015/2016 is 1.919.085 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 912).  Grand total for FY 2015/2016 is 23.264.295 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 908).

Ministry of Information and Communication Technology:

Grand total to the ministry in FY 2015/2016 is set to be 11.215.240 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 496).

National Information Technology Authority:

Project 1014 National Transmission Backbone project: FY 2015/2016 set for 5.050.058 UGX

(Draft Estimate P: 711). Grand total for NITA for FY 2015/2016 is set for 39.200.998 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 714).

Ministry of Tourism, Wildlife and Antiques:

Establishment of Regional Satelite Wildlife Conservation in FY 2015/2016 is set 5.040.000 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 506). Mt. Rwenzori Tourism Infrastructure Development Project (MRTIDP) in FY 2015/2016 is set to 864.027 UGX. Development of Museums and Heritage Sites for Cultural Promotion in FY 2015/2016 is set to 686.000 UGX. Establishment of Lake Victoria Tourism Circuit in FY 2015/2016 is set 300.000 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 513). Development of Source of the Nile in FY 2015/2016 is set to 680.000 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 514). Grand total to the ministry for FY 2015/2016 is 17.837.396 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 517).

Uganda Tourist Board:

Grand total FY 2015/2016 is 11.403.457 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 629). Advertising and PR from FY 2014/2015 was 1.287.601 UGX to FY 2015/2016 is 4.188.280 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 630).

Judiciary:

Grand total to FY 2015/2016 in 92.979.388 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 525).

Institutions and Government organization on the Budgets:

Electoral Commission:

Printing, Stationery, Photocopying and Binding in FY 2015/2016 is set to 105.686.649 UGX. Capital Purchases in Machinery and Equipment in FY 2015/2016 is set to 30.000.000 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 528). Management of Election in FY 2015/2016 is set 234.967.009 UGX and in FY 2014/2015 is set 141.688.692 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 530). Grand total to the Electoral Commission for the FY 2015/2016 is set to be 265.580.684 UGX and in FY 2014/2015 it was 150.580.684 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 531).

Inspectorate of Government (IG):

Grand total budget to FY 2015/2016 is set to 37.720.116 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 538).

Parliamentary Commission:

In the FY 2015/2016 the MPS are budgeted 201.164.917 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 540). Contribution to other Organizations –   Gov’t Contribution to EALA- Arusha set for FY 2015/2016 is set 7.257.179 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 542). Administration and Transport Logistics set for 2015/2016 is set 2.905.774 (Draft Estimate P: 551). Grand total to the Parliamentary Commission for the FY 2015/2016 is 301.697.537 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 552).

Law Reform Commission:

Grand total for the FY 2015/2016 is 8.920.536 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 553). The biggest expense from last FY 2014/2015 was 290.405 UGX and in FY 2015/2016 is 1.191.699 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 553-554).

National Planning Authority:

Grand total for FY 2015/2016 is 14.613.907 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 567).

Law Development Center:

Grand total for FY 2015/2016 is 10.110.804 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 572).

Uganda Registration Service Bureau:

Grand total for FY 2015/2016 is 13.715.034 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 638). Up from last FY 2015/2016 on the ‘Rent – (Produced Assets) to private entities’ is 1.702.400 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 639).

National Citizenship and Immigration Control:

Grand total for FY 2015/2016 is 139.589.276 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 643). The biggest post was Capital Punishment – Machinery and equipment which is 76.396.918 UGX in this FY (Draft Estimate P: 644).

Kampala Capital City Authority:

2ND Kampala Institutional and Infrastructure Development Project FY 2015/2016 is 82.151.560 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 661). Urban Road Network Development total for the FY 2015/2016 is 139.204.569 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 661). Education and Social Service for FY 2015/2016 is 36.155.136 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 666). Community Health Management for FY 2015/2016 is 9.718.674 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 674). Sanitation and Environmental Services for FY 2015/206 is 13.578.579 UXG (Draft Estimate P: 675).  Gender, Community and Economic Development for FY 2015/2016 is 2.368.822 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 678). Economic Policy Monitoring,Evaluation & Inspection for FY 2015/2016 is 104.749.162 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 681).

Uganda National Examination Board:

Grand total for 2015/2016 is 69.869.913 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 722).

Treasury Operation:

One major reason why the budget was different between years is that 250.000.000 UGX was given to ‘Contribution to Autonomous Institutions’ (CAI) (Draft Estimate P: 728). Grand total between the FY was in 2014/2015 was 1.222.034.703 UGX and in 2015/2016 is 2.088.896.738 UGX. Which is total difference: 866.862.035 UGX, parts of this the CAI (Draft Estimate P: 731).

Auditor General:

Programme 05 Directorate of Value for Money and Specialised Audits for FY 2015/2016 is 4.507.922 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 736). Grand total for the Auditor General for FY 2015/2016 is 46.818.861 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 737).

Directorate of Public Prosecution:

Grand total for FY 2015/2016 is 27.934.069 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 748).

Uganda Management Institute:

Grand total for FY 2015/2016 is 22.763.029 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 784).

Uganda Revenue Authority:

Grand total for FY 2015/2016 is 238.534.130 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 788).

Uganda Bureau of Statistics:

Grand total for UBOS in FY 2015/2016 is 65.543.461 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 827).

Public Service Commission:

Grand total for FY 2015/2016 is 4.997.601 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 849).

Judicial Service Commission:
Grand total for FY 2015/2016 is 3.209.142 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 859).

NAADS Secretariat:

Government Purchases for FY 2015/2016 is 177.704.389 UGX. Grand total for FY 2015/2016 is 183.974.681 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 881).

Public Procurement and Disposal of Public Assets Authority (PPDA):

Grand total for FY 2015/2016 is 10.722.548 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 887).

Uganda National Bureau of Standards:
Grand total for FY 2015/2016 is 20.728.194 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 892).

Peace!

Reference:

Annex 2B: Allocation of Additional resources FY 2015/2016

Republic of Uganda – DRAFT ESTIMATES OF REVENUE AND EXPENDITURE (RECURRENT AND DEVELOPMENT) – FY 2015/2016 – VOLUME I: CENTRAL GOVERNMENT VOTES – FOR THE YEAR ENDING ON THE 30TH JUNE 2016

Press Release: Western Union Celebrates its 20th Anniversary in Africa (28.07.2015)

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ACCRA, Ghana–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Western Union Company (NYSE:WU, a leader in global payment services, today celebrated its 20th anniversary in Africa. With over 34,000 locations and connections to millions of bank accounts and mobile wallets in more than 50 countries and territories, across Africa, the Western Union network serves millions of senders and receivers with a choice of 120 currencies.

To celebrate this special milestone, Western Union’s President for Africa, Middle East, Asia Pacific, Eastern Europe and CIS, Jean Claude Farah, in addition to Aida Diarra, Western Union’s Regional Vice President and Head of Africa and other members of the Africa leadership team visited the first agent location at ADB (Agricultural Development Bank) that offered Western Union money transfer services for the first time in Africa in 1995. The WU leadership team also visited Ecobank head office in Accra and marked the occasion with the launch of the Account Based Money Transfer services through ATM in Ghana.

The Western Union 20th Anniversary celebration in Ghana in Africa, coincides with a speech made by President Barack Obama at the African Union Headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, where he is quoted saying:

“Today, Africa is one of the fastest-growing regions in the world. Africa’s middle class is projected to grow to more than one billion consumers. With hundreds of millions of mobile phones, surging access to the Internet, Africans are beginning to leapfrog old technologies into new prosperity. Africa is on the move, a new Africa is emerging.”

Western Union is committed to the expansion and development of its pan-African network which provides a critical link to the ever growing African Diaspora living and working in countries around the world.

“More than 30 million Africans live outside their home countries, contributing billions of USD in remittances to their families and communities back home every year1”, said Jean Claude Farah. “We are very humbled to play a role in helping them move their money as they seek to elevate their economic status, meet emergency needs, support healthcare requirements, contribute to the education of future generations and in many instances build their own small businesses. By moving money for better for 20 years Western is enabling a world of possibilities for Africa and in Africa.”

Aida Diarra added, “Through the work we do we also enable economic activity and job creation. Currently over 155,000 Front Line Associates (FLAs) are employed in our agent network on the African continent. Western Union invests in training these FLAs developing their business, technical and compliance skills.”

In addition to the socio-economic impact that remittances enable, the company also supports philanthropic activities in Africa via the Western Union Foundation which has a long history of giving back to communities across the African continent. It supports organizations that promote economic opportunity and growth for individuals, families and entire communities throughout the region. Since its creation, the Western Union Foundation has committed to $8.703 million in grants and donations to 158 NGOs in more than 40 countries across Africa.

About Western Union

The Western Union Company (NYSE: WU) is a leader in global payment services. Together with its Vigo, Orlandi Valuta, Pago Facil and Western Union Business Solutions branded payment services, Western Union provides consumers and businesses with fast, reliable and convenient ways to send and receive money around the world, to send payments and to purchase money orders. As of March 31, 2015, the Western Union, Vigo and Orlandi Valuta branded services were offered through a combined network of over 500,000 agent locations in 200 countries and territories and over 100,000 ATMs and kiosks. In 2014, The Western Union Company completed 255 million consumer-to-consumer transactions worldwide, moving $85 billion of principal between consumers, and 484 million business payments. For more information, visit www.WesternUnion.com.

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Press Release: From the Atlantic to the Pacific, CSO across Africa welcomes AU Focus on Illcit Financial Flows

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African Water Facility to help tackle food insecurity, flooding and droughts in Uganda and South Sudan.

09/01/2015

The African Water Facility (AWF) announced on January 9, 2015 that it has offered a €1.97 million grant to the Nile Equatorial Lakes Subsidiary Action Program (NELSAP) to increase water availability for multiple purposes in the Nyimur region of Uganda and South Sudan. The grant will support the improvement of irrigated agriculture and food production, fisheries, electricity generation and sanitation as well as the prevention of flooding and droughts in the region.

The AWF grant will help prepare the construction of a multipurpose dam and a reservoir on the Nyimur River through feasibility studies, engineering design studies and environmental and social impact assessments. The planned infrastructure investment will allow approximately 5,105 ha of land to be irrigated through a community irrigation scheme, and enable 350 kW of electricity to be produced from a small hydropower facility. The project will directly benefit approximately 12,000 people.

The AWF will also support the mobilization of funds from donors through project preparation and fundraising activities such as donors’ roundtables.

“The project will improve the livelihoods of surrounding communities by reducing the ravages of flooding and droughts, as well as foster food and energy security and in the long run help consolidate peace and security in this fragile region” said AWF coordinator Akissa Bahri.

The Nyimur River runs through both South Sudan and Northern Uganda, an area plagued by conflict from the late 1980’s until 2004. Although the guns have generally fallen silent, the region is still considered fragile. The unrest in the region resulted in very low levels of investment and development of basic services or infrastructure. Agricultural production declined drastically during the period of turmoil and the current level of food insecurity is significant: in low yield seasons, 33% of the population in the area is dependent on food aid.

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President Museveni’s speech on 9. October – 52nd Independence day celebration – Theme: Unity, Security, Economy and Regional Integration.

Speech By

H.E. Yoweri Kaguta Museveni

President of the Republic of Uganda

On the Occasion of the

52nd Independence

Anniversary Celebrations

Of Uganda

THEME:  UNITY, PEACE, SECURITY, ECONOMY AND REGIONAL

    INTEGRATION: KEY PILLARS FOR TRUE AND

SUSTAINABLE INDEPENDENCE

 

Kampala – Kololo Airstrip

9th October, 2014

Your Excellencies the Invited Heads of State and Government;

H.E the Vice President;

The Rt. Honourable Speaker of Parliament;

The Hon. Chief Justice;

The Rt. Hon. Prime Minister;

Honourable Members of Parliament;

Your Excellencies the Ambassadors and High Commissioners;

Distinguished Invited Guests;

Ladies and Gentlemen.

It is with great pleasure and honour that I welcome Your Excellencies and all the distinguished guests to this occasion as we mark 52 years of Uganda’s independence.

I greet you and congratulate you on the 52nd anniversary of Uganda’s Independence.

As we celebrate this day, the whole of Uganda is peaceful and has been so since we ended the removal of the 40,000 rifles from the cattle-rustlers in Karamoja some six (6) years ago.  Earlier on, in 2005, we had defeated the terrorists of Kony.  This is therefore, the first time in 114 years that the whole of Uganda has been peaceful.  Even, during the time of the British, cattle-rustling in Karamoja, using guns from Turkana and from Ethiopia, was going on.  On account of the strength of the UPDF and the growing strength of the Police Force, this peace will not be disturbed.  Use this peace to create wealth for your families as we have guided you before.

On the side of the economy, it will grow by 6.1% this financial year. Having started from a very low base of US$1.5 billion as the size of GDP in 1986, our GDP will be US$25.3 billion by the end of this financial year.  This economy has been growing (in spite of the bottlenecks of electricity, high transport costs, insecurity in the past), at the rate of 7.3% per annum for the last 28 years.

Now that we have the capacity to address the issue of tarmacking the major roads with our own money (such as the just completed Kampala-Masaka road and many others), some of the electricity dams (big and small) and we continue to benefit from solidarity from friends (such as ADB, World Bank, EU, Japan, Badea, etc) on some of the other roads, our economy will grow much faster. The Chinese are helping us to solve the issue of electricity for some of the hydro-power stations on the Nile and its tributaries and are feverishly working on the building of the Standard Gauge Railway.  The Uganda economy will, therefore, for the first time, get a low-cost base from which to operate.  The sky will be the limit.

As you know, Uganda discovered petroleum and gas in 2006.   It is now 8 years since that time.  We have, finally, agreed with the oil companies on these issues of the refinery, the pipeline and power generation. With more investigations, it is now established that the oil reserves in the 40% of the potential area are 6.5 billion barrels and 499 billion cubic feet of gas.  This is good because this gas can help us to remove oxygen from iron-ore (obutare) so that we develop our steel industry given our considerable iron-ore reserves of over 200 million tonnes already identified so that we stop the importation of steel from very far.  By 2017 our oil will be flowing into the refinery and the pipeline.

Apart from the oil and gas, after the recent survey, we have identified alot of minerals as follows: iron-ore, marble/limestone, gold, uranium, vermiculite, nickel, platinum, chromium, kimberlites (diamond), bentonite, aluminium clays, phosphates, copper, cobalt, wolfram, tin, coltan, rock salt and brine.  Uganda has, therefore, a large base of natural resources that will help us in our development.

As the Government is solving the infrastructure problems, the rural families should take advantage of the deployment of UPDF officers to distribute the planting and breeding materials to get themselves out of subsistence farming and join commercial farming.  I have repeatedly pointed out to you the unacceptability of having only one (1) homestead in a whole parish like Ndangaaro in Rubirizi district of 2,500 homesteads as I found out when I visited that area many years ago or seven (7) families in the parish of Rwengaaju out of 1,500 homesteads being the only ones engaged in commercial farming. I am happy to report that in Ndangaaro parish today, 112 homesteads are engaged in commercial farming out of 2,560 homesteads while in Rwengaaju, 130 homesteads are engaged in commercial farming out of 1,946 homesteads.  This, however, is not enough.  Why should the other thousands of homesteads be spectators (abaloleezi) of commercial farming while only the minority are the only ones engaged in that poverty eradicating activity?

With the involvement of UPDF, I am sure that many more families will get access to planting and breeding materials.  Their role in the former NRA/Fronasa operational areas in the last two seasons has already seen them distribute 11 million seedlings of coffee, 2 million seedlings of tea and 464,135 seedlings of fruits.  This involvement of more families into commercial farming, will boost the volumes of production in the country to unprecedented new levels.  Already, the involvement of UPDF officers in the former war zones has pushed the volume of maize from 1,163 million tonnes per annum to 4,100 million tonnes per annum of maize.

Those increased levels of production must be matched with increased levels of processing and value addition.  Therefore, the Uganda Investment Authority (UIA), the Ministry of Trade and Industries and the Ministry of Agriculture must work in overdrive speed to solve the problem of value addition and processing for the increased production as well as the problem of storing.  We have reactivated Uganda Development Corporation (UDC) to, where unavoidable, to step in and do the processing if the private sector do not show up.

On regional and global matters, you all saw that UPDF, working with the Somali army, liberated a number of Somali towns southwards from Mogadishu, including the Port of Barawe.  It is said, that this is the last Port that the terrorist group, Al-Shabaab, controlled.  Globally, there is alot of suffering in North Africa and the Middle East caused, mainly, by mistakes by certain global players, initially.  These global players are always in cahoots with incapable puppets.  It is that permutation that is, mainly, responsible for these tragedies of human haemorrhage, destruction of social and economic capital and loss of development time in those unfortunate lands.

Serious dialogue is necessary in the world to see how these tragedies can be rolled back and new ones avoided.  Within the under-developed countries themselves, who are the victims of these global mistake makers, the main authors of the tragedies are the ideologically disoriented groups that, instead of working for the legitimate interests of the people, promote sectarianism of religion or tribe; or promote male chauvinism.  In so doing, they tear up society and cause tremendous damage.  Our brothers in Somalia need to evolve the ideology of patriotism and Pan-Africanism so that they re-orient their country into a sustainably positive and progressive direction.  With the building of the Somali army, supported by AMISOM, it is possible to pacify Somalia.

The pushers of the hegmonistic agenda have been misusing the ICC, an institution we initially supported.  In the matter of President Uhuru Kenyatta, the African Union (AU) Assembly of Heads of State resolved that no African sitting President should be summoned by that court.  This resolution was taken to the Security Council where there is no permanent member from Africa.  There are only seasonal members. That group did not see much merit in the collective wisdom of the African leaders; and the court summoned President Kenyatta on the eve of our Summit here.  Was the aim of ICC to disrupt our Summit?  Too bad for them!  Our Summit went on yesterday.  The problems that occurred in Kenya in 2007 and that happen in other African countries are, first and foremost, ideological.  ICC to handle them as just legal matters, is the height level of shallowness.  My view is that, at the next summit, African countries should review their membership of the ICC treaty.  The ICC is turning out not be the value addition product that we had expected it to be.  It is instead, a biased instrument of post-colonial hegemony.

As far as Uganda is concerned, the greater mutual interest with the western countries is trade and tourism.  The total global trade is valued at US$ 101 trillion per year.  The USA accounts for US$16 trillion of this.  The EU accounts for US$17.4 trillion of this.  The two of them, therefore, account for about US$34 trillion of this.  The other US$66 trillion is accounted for by the other countries with China taking US$16 trillion and Africa taking US$2.5 trillion but growing very fast. The USA, EU and Africa need, therefore, to harmonize our long term vision based on mutual benefit and equality.  Our recent meeting in the USA was a good beginning.  It is irresponsible for anybody to mishandle this potentially lucrative relationship.

Finally, a point on public health involving another incident of Marburg here in Uganda, recently, as well as the Ebola which is ravaging West Africa.  These are zoonotic diseases; this means that they are diseases that can go from the human being to the animals and vice-versa.  They are very aggressive and lethal.  Yet, they are easy to stop because, fortunately, they do not go through the air like flu.  They infect by contact.

Therefore, in order not take any chances, I request you to suspend the habit of shaking hands in addition to the measures the Ministry of Health is taking in respect of handling those who are sick or who are suspected to have had contact with the sick or with those who died.  I must also request those communities, especially in the forest zones, who have the customs of eating monkeys and other primates to stop that custom.  Those creatures are relatives of humans.  Moreover, they are the ones that harbor those dangerous viruses ─ Marburg, Ebola, etc. Avoid them please.  Eat the livestock we look after ourselves: cattle, goats, chicken, pigs, etc. as well as plant proteins.  The bats also seem to harbour these viruses.  The Ministry of Veterinary should work out plans to eradicate these dangerous sources of this problem.

The fact that 60% of the infected people survive, means that we can develop a vaccine.  When you get sick, please report to the medical authorities immediately. Infected people have a high chance of surviving if they get medical support of especially rehydration early.   Therefore, prompt reporting is crucial.  As far as the medical staff is concerned, they should always use gloves.

There is also another factor in connection with these repeated outbreaks of Ebola and Marburg.  These viruses have not just emerged.   They have always been there, in the forests.  It is the reckless invasion of the forests by those who break the law of conservation that are provoking these viruses. Therefore, conservation is part of Public Health.  Leave the forests alone for tourism and conservation,

Thank you so much and I wish you success in the next year of Independence.

Yoweri K. Museveni

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PO/29 – Letter: Development of the Uganda Standard Gauge Railway Network

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