On Sunday, 1st June 2014, UDN hosted a Press Conference in conjunction with other CSBAG members on Civil Society Concerns over the Public Finance Bill 2012. UDN hailed several amendments in the Bill that had been effected as a result of continuous Civil Society lobbying, including the following: i) the strategic controls on the management of the supplementary budgets, ii) Alignment of the Charter of Fiscal Responsibilities (CFR) to the National Development Plan and the Vision 2040, iii) Government consultation on the budget preparation with all relevant stakeholders made mandatory.
However, the Civil Society in its Press Statement continues to call for Government's re-consideration of key issues of concern within the Bill, such as:
i) The disbanding of the Parliamentary Committee on Budget which oversees how the Parliament Budget Office works;
ii) The lack of a strong provision within the Bill to deter misuse of public funds through "Classified Expenditure"; and
iii)The restriction against use of Oil Revenues for recurrent expenditure such as within the Health, Education and Agriculture sectors.
The Conference was held at the UDN Secretariat premises in Ntinda, Kampala and was attended by journalists from over 15 local media houses.
UDN's Director of Programmes, Mr. Julius Kapwepwe Mishambi (left) responds to questions by journalists during the Press Conference at UDN offices, Ntinda-Kampala. He is flanked by the CSBAG Coordinator, Mr. Julius Mukunda (centre) and Ms. Christine Byiringiro, a Programme Assistant at UDN