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Government Told To Reduce Administrative Costs

Civil Society Organisations have asked the government to cut
down on administrative expenditures as Ugandans await the 2011/12 budget

Speaking during a high level policy budget
dialogue in Kampala yesterday, Mr Godber Tumushabe, the executive
director of Advocates for Coalition for Development and Environment
(ACODE), said data shows that public expenditure takes up to 23 per cent
of Uganda’s national budget.

Mr Tumushabe said:
“Public administration, political bureaucracy, the growing number of
local government representatives and Members of Parliament take a large
chunk of tax payers’ money which is mostly spent on political patronage,
bribes and corruption.” ACODE is an independent public policy
research, analysis and advocacy think tank, that advocates good
governance and pro-people development.

The dialogue
supported by ACODE and Daily Monitor brought together different
stakeholders from the government, NGO, local government and the media to
discuss priorities that the government should focus on in the upcoming

Mr Morrison Rwakakamba, the country programme
manager of Twaweza, an NGO, said Uganda will have to fork out up to
Shs28 billion in the upcoming budget to run the newly created districts
part of which (about Shs1 billion) is lost through bureaucratic
tendencies and procurement procedures annually. “With a population of
about 33 million and a GDP of $60 billion, Uganda runs a Parliament of
375. We badly need to reflect on the costs of this over representation,”
Mr Rwakakamba said.

Saving money
added: “I wish to recommend that we adopt a proportional or per capita
representation basing on a 200,000 population quota. At 33 million we
will have only 165 MPs, this will mean that as a country we will save
about Shs252 billion, which can be channelled to creating jobs and other
productive sectors of the economy.”

Mr Keith
Muhakanizi, the deputy secretary to the Treasury, said civil societies
should be more active in monitoring the budget than leaving it to the
government. He said: “We need support from the civil society in
monitoring the budget. A part from the media, CSOs have been quite.” Mr
Rwakakamba advised that the number of ministers should be reduced to
the 1995 Constitution provision of 42 as well as balkanisation of
districts cut to emphasis service delivery.

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Posted By: Mukhobeh Moses Khaukha
Country: Uganda
Category: Business
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