A fiscal year in Uganda runs from 1st July 2020 to the 30th June. What is really rare is that the Parliament and the Government gave itself a Supplementary Budget on the 26th June 2020 to cover arrears of supposed 1 trillion shillings. These funds are to paid out in the budget year and cover expenditure not hold. It is really sketchy do that so late in the budget year. As this is the end of the Fiscal Year of 2019/20 and days ahead of the 2020/21.
So in a budget of about 34 trillion shillings, the state needed another 1 trillion in the end. Meaning the budget wasn’t prepared correctly since they needed to amend it to this extend. To add yet another trillion shillings like it was nothing.
What is striking is how easy it is to adjust the cash balance, the fiscal year and the supplement budgets. These are easily voted through and the money doled on whatever. This time it wasn’t paying the water-bills of the State House. However, other random projects of the state. Which suddenly lacking funds. It just appearing right that and just right now. It was needed to be done now. In mind that it wouldn’t look to bad or be able to keep this accountable for later.
That you need a trillion shillings this late in the fiscal financial year is sketchy at best. Especially considering the implication of a new financial years just days ahead. These sort of arrears should be considered into the next financial year. If these numbers are real and have a basis. It could just be taken out of thin-air and cover whatever else the state needs ahead of campaigns and elections. These years are always more expensive and a trillion shillings for the campaigns wouldn’t be far fetched. To cover added expenses, cars for VIPs and such. Which comes with every single election.
The President, the Office of the President, State House and Office of the Prime Minister would suddenly eat more food and expand their organization. As it has to pay off cronies, new allies and ensure the electorate get a pinch of the future middle-income country. They get some soap, food and small tokens to carry them for the next four years. This is what they always do. Some even come with a few thousand or a thousand shillings as a part of the NRM Village Project Outreach, which it also does during elections.
None of the added expenses is cheap. It cost to be king. The king needs to give the public, food and circus. That is what he does and it continues the way it has always done.
The NRM, the President and the whole team passes this along. Knowing there will be no overlook or accountability over the sudden 1 trillion shilling added in the end of this fiscal year. Not like these billions here and there couldn’t end elsewhere. As long as they are voted for and can be used by the state to campaign.
The General Election is coming up and the incumbent needs a treasury chest. If there ever was one. The one trillion shillings would be helpful to run an campaign. I wouldn’t be shocked if it went missing and was used for campaigns. That would be just another day in the Republic. Peace.
“Therefore our scientists have been tasked to audit all the remaining restrictions and advise. In particular, some of the stakeholders have been petitioning that we lift them all” – Yoweri Kaguta Museveni (22.06.2020).
Another day, another speech. We have been here before and this is the 17th Edition this year of these COVID-19 speeches from President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni. If your thinking this is getting old. Then its been like this for over a month and the best thing is that its been less of them of late. Maybe, there is a need for clarifications the rest of the week, but that is standard. That some authority, some ministries and ministers has to clarify and explain what the President said.
So with that in mind, we cannot take this too serious. Since, there will be backlash and will backfire. It is just a matter of how much and who will capture the burden. Some ministers should prepare their pen, their writing game and find solutions quickly to resolve the newly minted guidelines, restrictions or regulations inflicted on the Republic.
Like always, because I don’t want to bore you to death. That we already have the President to do. As he speaks two hours straight and says very little of use. He could have with a favoured made a compact speech and settled for 30 minutes. However, he wouldn’t be himself if he didn’t cover every angle, historically, military and civilian in extraordinary fashion. If he has done that 17 times. Therefore, I will do like always, drop my favourite gems. Discuss them briefly and call that a day.
“Even me, I began to ask what the curfew was for, if cars were already moving, as long as they are three in the car. However the scientists say the aim of the curfew is to reduce the high risk of nocturnal activities” – Museveni, 22.06.2020)
“Don’t be like a hyena which found a woman, sought for meat and was lured by sweetness (Obunuzi) of fat and hot stone. It could neither spit because of Obunuzi nor swallow for the hotness” (Museveni, 22.06.2020).
“Boda bodas if allowed to carry people can spread the virus even further because of the numbers of people they carry and the areas they can reach” – Museveni (22.06.2020).
“There was the issue of increasing the number of people in private cars. This can be increased to four people in the vehicle but the requirement of masks to all passengers should be maintained” – Museveni (22.06.2020).
“With the school population, let us be patient. In the meantime, we are going to launch a big long-distance education programme, certainly through radios. We are going to give free radio-sets to all the homesteads. Radios will soon be distributed” – Museveni (22.06.2020).
After this I gave up, I didn’t care anymore. I’m sure there would be more gems, but the President seems not to change to much anyway. That is why churches is still closed, arcades too. Boda-Boda’s just for cargo and a prolonged curfew.
Empty promises of radios, as the free masks are not there. Neither is the food delivery to all the ones social distancing at their homes. The President haven’t delivered on his promises during these troubling months. He doesn’t have the capacity nor the genuine interest to serve the public. That is proven as he wants more cars, than medicine and pay the frontline workers.
Just like he wanted to save the daughters from drivers in the past. Now he wants to save them from hyenas. He really doesn’t have a positive view of the ladies and their urges, to repopulate earth isn’t a positive vibe and being intimate is also something he got issues with. Maybe, that’s why his hampering on this sort of thing at this given time?
Nothing here was shocking. More of the same. The same spirit, the same old man and therefore, I quit talking. Peace.