Budget Priorities

Proposed Budget Allocation Estimates for Uganda 2016 – 2021

"Uganda’s most outstanding priorities are defense and security; without an army, one cannot have an economy." President Museveni was quoted at the closing ceremony of the 2014/2015 national consultative budget workshop at Kampala Serena Hotel conference centre held in January 2014."

From my perspective, national budget priorities should not just consider citizen’s well-being and aspirations but the country’s sustainable socio-economic development. While I agree with the president that security is key, my view is that it can’t take such a fat share of our priorities. What happens if the army must continuously guard the unemployed, uneducated, unhealthy and so on?

The Uganda Vision 2040 and the rolling five years National Development Plans (NDP) are very useful planning documents. Uganda Vision 2040 provides development paths and strategies to operationalise Uganda’s Vision Statement which is ‘’A Transformed Ugandan Society from a Peasant to a Modern and prosperous country in 30 years’’ as approved by Cabinet in 2007. For Uganda to be successfully transformed from a predominantly peasant and low-income country to a competitive middle-income country, the budget must outline a comprehensive program addressing priorities of education; health; job creation; agriculture, infrastructure; defense; security; information, research, science, technology, and innovation among others.

We propose a budget allocation that we could consider as a country as we take the step of prioritizing our budget better. Depending on the national income of a particular financial year, the percentage allocations below can be applied to the different sectors. While these percentage allocations can always be reviewed, the allocations for education; health; agriculture; and trade, job creation and industry should not be revised downwards due to their strategic importance to the economy.

For 2015/2016 FY where Uganda’s budgetary allocation is UGX 24 Trillion we give our estimates below. We also give projections for 2016/2017 FY.

No. Ministry % Budgetary Allocation for 2015/2016 In UGX Budgetary Allocation for 2016-2017 in UGX
1 Education 20 4.80 trillion 6.0 trillion
2 Health 16 3.84 trillion 4.8 trillion
3 Agriculture, Water and Environment 11 2.64 trillion 3.3 trillion
4 Trade, Job Creation and Industry 06 1.44 trillion 1.8 trillion
5 Energy and Natural Resources 06 1.44 trillion 1.8 trillion
6 Transport and Urban Development 06 1.44 trillion 1.8 trillion
7 Defence 05 1.20 trillion 1.5 trillion
8 Security and Presidential Affairs 05 1.20 trillion 1.5 trillion
9 Internal Affairs and Regional Governments 3.5 0.84 trillion 1.05 trillion
10 Justice 3.5 0.84 trillion 1.05 trillion
11 Foreign and East African Community Affairs 3.5 0.84 trillion 1.05 trillion
12 Information, Communications and Technology 03 0.72 trillion 0.9 trillion
13 Finance and Planning 2.5 0.60 trillion 0.75 trillion
14 Public Service 2.5 0.60 trillion 0.75 trillion
15 Youth, Gender, Culture and Tourism 1.5 0.36 trillion 0.45 trillion
16 Attorney General 0.5 0.12 trillion 0.15 trillion
17 Government Chief Whip 0.5 0.12 trillion 0.15 trillion
18 Other Sectors / Miscellaneous 04 0.96 trillion 1.2 trillion
  Total National Budget 100% 24.0 trillion 30 trillion

Currently Uganda is faced with ailing education, health, and agricultural sectors coupled with high youth unemployment. The public servants in sectors like Education and Health are also poorly remunerated. The above budgetary allocations will go a long way in ensuring that Uganda’s Education, Health and Agricultural sectors are revised. Also the above budgetary allocations will ensure steady socio-economic and human development of Uganda.

The details on Uganda’s National Budget Priorities are in Chapter three of the book "The Ideal Uganda: My perspectives" by Prof. Venansius Baryamureeba. Download a copy here.