MINISTER KIIRYA REPORTS BIG GROWTH, BUSOGA KINGDOM BUDGET NOW AT 55BN
By Mulengera Reporters
Busoga Kingdom has registered some growth and expansion in its activities with the Obwakyabazinga budget growing to Shs55.423bn for this FY2022/2023.
Laying the budget estimates for the new FY before the Busoga Lukiiko (Legislature) during the Friday session that was presided over by the Speaker Owek.George William Wanume Mutyabule (who was flanked by his Deputy Owek. Florence Biruma), the Kingdom’s State Minister of Finance, Planning, Investment and Economic Development, Owek.Ivan Kiirya assured the attentive members both in the hall and gallery that the tenability of the budget is anchored on every stakeholder’s commitment to supporting the institution.
“As the Finance Ministry, we have done our part in line with what is annually required of us. However, realizing the practicability of this budget is our responsibility jointly,” he argued noting that it’s high time all concerned got involved in attaining the same.
Oweek Kiirya further revealed that together with his colleague in the Ministry Owek.Solomon Robert Wamono and technical officers, they are optimistic that realizing this budget will require each and everyone’s zeal, keenness and participation so that Busoga regains it’s real glory.
The Kingdom Premier Owek.Dr.Joseph Muvawala (flanked by his 1st Deputy Owek.Prof.Muhamadi Lubega Kisambira) assured the Lukiiko that this year’s budget is very much achievable provided the approach is robust. “You all realize that the budget has been developed based on what we have among others as an institution. We must first of all capitalize on what is within our midst before seeking donor or government support since the Kingdom is endowed naturally,” a jovial Premier said revealing that all chiefdoms are bound to benefit from the same since the sharing formula will involve percentages based on what each delivers to the center at the headquarters.
Under the theme “Resource Mobilization and Functional Systems in Obwakyabazinga Bwa Busoga,” the new budget is in line with the Kingdom’s 10 year strategic plan which lays down avenues through which revenue has to be mobilized to strengthen the Kingdom.
The projected revenue sources for the FY2022/2023 include leases, royalties, ebyaiffe, donations, ground rent, partnerships, Okukiika Embuga, sale of Kingdom items like certificates, maps and portraits. According to the released estimates, Health took a lion’s share of Shs6.1bn followed by Education with Shs5.058 billion. Works and Transport UgX4 billion, Tourism UgX3.5 billion, Trade and Cooperative UgX3.1 billion, Water and Environment UgX3 billion and Culture UgX2.7 billion.
Others are Agriculture UgX3.5 billion, Gender and Women UgX1.5 billion, Youth and ICT UgX1.02 billion; Information and Mobilization UgX1.1 billion, Kyabazinga Affairs UgX3.4billion, Justice and Constitutional Affairs UgX832m, Premier’s office UgX3.8 billion, Foreign Affairs UgX1.2 billion, Lands and Ebyaiffe UgX708m, Protocol and Security UgX1.2 billion, Busoga Lukiiko UgX303m, Permanent Secretary’s Office UgX3.015 billion and finally Finance and Economic Development UgX4.351 billion.
The budget reading session was attended by Kingdom Ministers, Political and Religious leaders, development partners, well-wishers and other stakeholders.(For comments on this story, get back to us on 0705579994 [whatsapp line], 0779411734 & 0200900416 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org).