By Charles Katabalwa

19th June 2024

 

The Civil Society Budget Advocacy Group (CSBAG) has urged the government to reconsider its priorities and focus on sustainable economic development in the newly passed Ugx 72 trillion budgets of 2024/25.

 

These remarks have been made during the Civil Society Organization (CSO) Post-Budget Dialogue for the financial year 2024/25, held under the theme “Transforming Challenges into Opportunities” Organized by the Advocates Coalition for Development and Environment (ACODE) and the Civil Society Budget Advocacy Group (CSBAG).

 

Julius Mukunda, the Executive Director of CSBAG says the budget is unsustainable and will only serve to further burden Ugandans with debt.

 

Mukunda says the government should use the borrowed money to develop critical infrastructure such as roads, energy, and water supply, which are essential for economic growth and development and he also calls for an urgent address to corruption and climate change, as both are hindering budget performance and development.

 

Meanwhile Dr. Arthur Beinomugisha, the executive director of ACODE, calls for immediate minimization of government agencies, parliament among others to stop unnecessary expenditures.

 

He also expressed concerns about Uganda’s economic and environmental challenges amidst the backdrop of global geopolitical tensions and applauded NEMA for what it is currently doing to save the environment.

 

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