On Monday there was drama at parliament after legislators bounced the budget for the final year 2021/22 which was tabled by Finance Minister Matia Kasaija.
The fury was triggered by the inflated figures that awarded the security a lion’s share of the budget. About 30% of the total budget has been allocated to the security with government peddling a narrative that it is essential for the well being of the country. “You cannot enjoy the economy when there is war. The money is essential to keep this country at peace,” Minister David Bahati defended the security budget hike. “You can’t cultivate or conduct any economic activity when bullets are jeering all over. The security deserve that money,” he adds.
MP Amos Lugoloobi lashed out at the finance minister and inquired about thw budget hike. “Who is at war right now? The country has to prioritise other things like health, education and infrastructure,” he prayed. “You waste too much money on creation of new cities, municipalities and counties which all need money to operate. The elevation of the security budget undermines the National development plan,” he added.
Butambala county MP Muwanga Kivumbi reiterated the same and tasked the Finance minister to go and deflate the security budget and then return. Kasaija agreed to return on Thursday but maintained that security is necessary for everyone in the country. “We want to protect lives and properties of Ugandans,” Kasaija said. “This budget is for everyone’s own good,” he added.