Buganda Lukiiko Approves UGX 74B Budget

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In the approved budget, the Kingdom has prioritised the completion of Kasubi Royal Tombs which have been under restoration since 2013 after fire razed them down in 2010. The completion has been allocated 1.5 billion Shillings.

Buganda Kingdom Lukiiko has passed a 74-billion-Shilling budget for the financial year 2017/2018. 

The figure is one billion Shillings higher than last year's budget.
 
The budget was today presented to the Buganda Lukiiko at Bulange Mengo by the Kingdom's Finance Minister Robert Waggwa Nsibirwa. The Lukiiko was attended by Vice President Kiwanuka Ssekandi, Kingdom Premier Charles Peter Mayiga and one of Mayiga's predecessors, Premier Dan Muliika, among others.
 
In the approved budget, the Kingdom has prioritised the completion of Kasubi Royal Tombs which have been under restoration since 2013 after fire razed them down in 2010. The completion has been allocated 1.5 billion Shillings.
 
The Kingdom has also prioritised drafting a five-year strategic plan from 2019-2024, health, establishing the Kingdom's law chambers and agriculture among others.
 
"The work at Kasubi is not only tedious, we must follow all the cultural norms as we restore 'Muzibu Azaala Mpanga. This takes a lot of time. We expect, nevertheless, to complete this process during this financial year," said Waggwa Nsibirwa.
 
Under the 1.45 billion-shilling health budget, Nsibirwa revealed that Kabaka Ronald Muwenda Mutebi had endorsed a proposal to acquire a water ambulance for his subjects in Ssese Islands for easy access to health facilities.
 
The Kingdom's finance minister also noted the procurement of a mobile hospital which is currently being shipped in to boost health service delivery in the Kingdom.
 
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Under Agriculture, the Kingdom puts its emphasis on Coffee and Matooke with six million seedlings and 4,400 banana suckers planned for distribution.
 
Under its 'Emmwanyi Terimba' campaign, the kingdom has put aside 1.8 billion Shillings to distribute the coffee seedlings. The campaign was launched this year by Katikkiro Mayiga to restore coffee farming in Buganda.
 
Education is another priority where 16 billion Shillings has been allocated. Nsibirwa noted that the kingdom plans to streamline the award of bursaries and scholarships as well as increase on their number to enable children from poor families access high quality education.
 
The kingdom also expected to get Muteesa I Royal University a Charter during the coming financial year and commence the construction of a multipurpose building at its Kakyeka Mengo campus which will house offices, lecture rooms and a library.
 
The new financial year budget also reveals a 4.4-billion-shilling allocation towards the construction of new sub county headquarters starting with Makindye in 2017/2018.  Nsibirwa says that the new buildings are to supplement their income so as to improve service delivery to the kingdom subjects.
 
Under this budget, the Kingdom also plans to renovate the Mengo Court and other Kingdom buildings.
 
Meanwhile, Nsibirwa noted the central government's failure to pay its debt obligations saying that the kingdom expected to receive eight billion Shillings as debt payment in the previous financial year but no money was received. He however noted that the government failure to pay its debt will not stop planning by the Kingdom.
 
The budget is to be financed through revenue from implementing laws regarding land management by improving ground rent collections, media, communications, and telecommunications, cooperatives, investments, and student payments among others. 

 

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Olive Nakatudde
Olive Nakatudde is a URN journalist based in Kampala. Nakatudde has been a URN staff member since 2013.

Nakatudde started out in journalism in 2009 with Dembe FM radio in Kampala. In 2012, Nakatudde joined Voice of Africa as a political reporter. She has been a photographer since her journalism school days at Makerere University.

Nakatudde is interested in good governance and public policy, which she reports on intensively from the Uganda Parliament. She is a keen follower of cultural affairs in Buganda Kingdom and covers the kingdom's Lukiiko (parliament). Nakatudde also reports on education and health.