Business
AG cautions CSOs against criticising Gov’t
Publish Date: Apr 07, 2014
AG cautions CSOs against criticising Gov’t
The accountant general, Lawrence Ssemakula (left) and the coordinator of Civil Society Budget Advocacy Group, Julius Mukunda addressing participants during a meeting at the ministry of Foreign Affairs in Kampala. Photo by Francis Emorut
  • mail
  • img
newvision

By Francis Emorut      
                                              
The Accountant General, Lawrence Semakula has cautioned civil society organizations against criticizing government without offering alternative measures.
 
Ssemakula was addressing participants during a meeting with members of Civil Society Advocacy Budget Group (CSBAG) and officials of the accountability sector.
 
“You should not only criticise government but offer constructive proposals or alternatives on how to improve budget credibility, execution and give feedback to inform policy and decision makers,” he said.
 
The meeting took place at the conference hall of the ministry of foreign affairs in Kampala. 
 
Ssemakula asked the civil society group to give feedback on corruption tendencies so that government can take action.
“Civil society organizations have central roles to play in establishing better accountability and in addressing corruption in the community: they can provide direct links with the users and beneficiaries of government programmes and monitoring public expenditure and can also advocate and give feedback on the effectiveness of accountability systems for action,” Ssemakula said.
 
He stressed the need to strengthen working relations between the accountability sector and the civil society group in demanding accountability from service providers.
 
The meeting was called to ensure that the input of citizens about budget process is included as consultations on the national budget framework paper are on-going.
 
 
The Accountant General welcomed the initiative of CSBAG and said public engagement is important in budget process to ensure transparency and promoting social accountability.
 
“Accountability sector working group recognises the importance of public engagement in budgeting, strengthens transparency and openness of public budgets and  helps to promote social accountability that enables citizens to become more engaged and in the process learn more about the budget and fiscal policy concerns,” he said.
 
Julius Mukunda the coordinator of CSBAG assured the accountant general that the budget advocacy group acts as a watch dog on how government’s money is spent in providing service delivery to the citizenry.
 
Mukunda informed the officials in the accountant general office that civil society group has budget track mechanism up to the grassroots level and therefore, can monitor and evaluate government programmes.
 
He said the grassroots approach to budget monitoring and service delivery tracking is achieved through the village budget clubs and village parliaments.
 
He also pointed out that the group engages Parliament and ministry of finance in a bid to influence budget decisions in Uganda through provision of alternative budget proposals on an annual basis.
 
Godfrey Ssemugooma the commissioner in AG office said they are committed in prevention, detection and elimination of corruption as far as government programmes are concerned.
 

The statements, comments, or opinions expressed through the use of New Vision Online are those of their respective authors, who are solely responsible for them, and do not necessarily represent the views held by the staff and management of New Vision Online.

New Vision Online reserves the right to moderate, publish or delete a post without warning or consultation with the author.Find out why we moderate comments. For any questions please contact digital@newvision.co.ug

  • mail
  • img
blog comments powered by Disqus
Also In This Section
Good seed door for good harvest
Just like humans look for the good traits when choosing a partner for procreation, farmers should look for good seeds for better production....
Vision Group set to crown best farmers
The search for Uganda’s leading farmers is over. Winners of the Vision Group’s Best Farmers competition will be revealed today at Kampala Serena Hotel....
World
The planet's poorest nations have failed to cash in on strong economic growth due to a lack of structural reforms, says the United Nations....
Coca-Cola partnership to create biggest bottler in Africa
The Coca-Cola Company announces a partnership to form its largest soft drinks bottling company in Africa, serving "high growth" countries on the continent....
Rwanda Air to launch flights to Abidjan, Lusaka
Regional airline RwandAir will soon launch flights to three more destinations in the next five months which include the Ivory Coast capital Abidjan and Zambian capital Lusaka....
Peter Ssematimba reinstated in the disputed Muyenga Club management
THE Supreme Court has confirmed a ruling in which the Court of Appeal upheld the High Court ruling, restoring Super FM Radio proprietor and managing director, Peter Ssematimba into the Muyenga Club....
Should Govt lease parts of Lake Victoria to private developers?
Its Ok
No Way
Not Sure
follow us
subscribe to our news letter