Tax advocates in Uganda under CSBAG are advising government to consider appropriate allocation of the money saved during the covid19 lock-down.
Since the lock down in March, It’s estimated that government has managed to save over UGX. 3 trillion from its departments, agencies and ministries from mostly the consumption budget.
Now the national coordinator, CSBAG, Julius Mukunda is reminding government to allocate this money to key areas like health, education among others to improve people’s livelihoods.
Mukundu also asks government to continue doing the same as this will help Uganda save and grow at a faster rate.
He also demands that dormant projects are scrapped off government plans to create space for other valid and relevant programs.
The advocates say, dormant projects are wasting tax payers’ money since most of them are loan supported projects with delays to start or finish, the tax payers is meant to pay extra charges in form of interest.
Budget advocates further call for a comprehensive and transparent process to address the underlying causes of poor project management including assessing performance of accounting officers and projects managers as well as addressing the problem of land acquisition to improve right of way as this will go a long way in reducing delay and other inefficiencies related to project implementation.
And as the country plans to start the 2021/2022 budget, consideration should be put on making reforms on improving public investment management, budget restructuring and review, sustainable management of public debt and strengthening the financial sector.
Government plans to stop over 200 dormant projects most of which are loan projects.