THE BUDGET FRAMEWORK 2017/18 IS NOT PRO PEOPLE SAYS CIVIL SOCIETIES

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By Kabuye Ronald
.Civil society organization under their umbrella body civil society budget advocacy group (CSBAG), have raised a red flag to the national budget framework paper presented before Parliament which has decreased budget of social sector like health, education, water and environment and  agriculture and focusing more on domestic borrowing.
According to the national budget framework paper 2017/18, the total resource inflow will be 30,231.54 billion shillings up from 25,688.7billion shillings for the financial year 2016/2017 of which domestic tax revenue will be 14,104 billion (46.7% of the budget) compared 12,612billion (49% of the budget) in last financial year.
CSBAG, national coordinator Julius Mukunda, while addressing the media at CSBAG offices in Ntinda, said that the budget support has greatly reduced by 96% from 926.6billion to 33.75 billion meaning that government will heavily rely on domestic financing for the financial year 2017/18, hence increasing domestic borrowing to a tune of 35.4% by 1,477.2 billion compared to 345.6 billion shillings in the last financial year 2016/17.
They are also concerned about the increasing debt from 4 trillion now projected at 7 trillion in the coming and the money to be spent on parliamemt which stands at 76 billion.
They emphasized the fact that government has money but more concerned about luxurious things rather than social service delivery.
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