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Government asked to increase budget funding

By Wilfred Sanya

Added 17th March 2016 10:06 PM

A number of the contracts/projects had exceeded their dates of completion between two months and six years had been abandoned

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Al Haji Muhammad, CSBAG coordinator Julius Mukunda and Phiona Orikiriza at the press conference in Kampala. Photo by Wilfred Sanya

A number of the contracts/projects had exceeded their dates of completion between two months and six years had been abandoned

Government has been asked to increase budget funding for all sectors so as to facilitate the economic growth in the country.

The call was made by the Civil Society Advocacy Group (CSBAG) and the Africa Health Budget Network in a joint statement read by the coordinator Julius Mukunda.

“As the new government takes up offices with its promises, it should focus on the delayed government contracts which are a burden to our people. Contracts totaling to sh87bn were lagging behind schedule and many demonstrated signs of failure”, said Mukunda.

He said that a number of the contracts/projects had exceeded their dates of completion between two months and six years had been abandoned.

The community agricultural infrastructure improvement in the local government which has 20 projects amount sh17.bn. He urged government to adhere to contractual obligations to avoid delays.

He noted that a number of government entities had continued to enter into commitments. This unchecked behavior has resulted in the increase domestic arrears from sh.1.3 trillion in 2013/2014 to sh.1.5 trillion in 2014/2015 according to him.

On health, civil society organizations expressed displeasure over the budget short fall of sh36b to cater for 3,542 health workers across the country.

Funding health workers is a sound investment for our population,” Phiona Orikiriza the programe officer Initiative for Economic Rights said.

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