and Esther Nandekya
UGANDAâ€™s budget caters only for the interests of the rich while underlooking the poor, aggravating poverty in the country, experts have said.
Warren Nyamugasira, the NGO Forum executive director, told a public dialogue at Hotel Equatoria on Tuesday, that Uganda needed pro-poor budgeting. The dialogues was organised by the Civil Society Budget Advocacy Group.
â€œA budget within a good policy framework is very important because policies are transformed into programmes which change peopleâ€™s lives.
â€œUnfortunately, our budgets tend to favour particular sectors ignoring the poor.
â€œOur budget has tended to allocate more resources to State House, the Presidency and the defence ministry at the expense of the poor,â€ Nyamugasira said.
He said there should be massive consultation with people at the grassroots during Budget formulation.
â€œBut it is not the case in Uganda because local governments tend to be hostile to people,â€ Nyamugasira said.
â€˜Budget ignores the poorâ€™