Vox Pop: Budget Will Not Change Much

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Kasule, a vendor in Nakasero Market, is pessimistic about the budget. He says the budget will be presented anyway and he will have to accept it.

While the budget is being read today in Parliament, ordinary people are going about their business as usual. You may think there is nothing important going on in the country.
 
Hajji Abdul, a shop owner at Mutaasa Kafero plaza, says he does not expect anything new to come out of this year’s budget. He says he has seen nothing new from previous budgets because taxes on fuel and alcohol have continued to increase as in other years.
 
Just like Hajji Abdul, most people in Kampala are going about their daily activities without much change in their routine.
 
Kasule, a vendor in Nakasero Market, is pessimistic about the budget. He says the budget will be presented anyway and he will have to accept it.
 
However, Hawah, a Pharmacist, hopes more money will be allocated to health and the education sector. She says many health facilities lack drugs which are badly needed. Many children are not going to school because they do not have funds and that more money should be put in Universal Primary Education (UPE) schools to pay the teachers’ salaries.
 
Harriet who runs a hardware shop in Bukoto says that she is happy that taxes on alcohol have been increased. She believes alcohol is the leading cause of idlers in Kampala. She says that instead of young people looking for jobs to work they spend most of their time in bars. She hopes with the increment in alcohol prices, they will engage in more productive activities.
 
Muteesi, a bar owner just a distance from Harriet’s shop, thinks differently. She says that as much as the tax on alcoholic products will be increased, it will not stop people from frequenting the bars. However what the government should do is tax alcohol sold in sachets which is sold cheaply and the youth can afford.

 

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