ESO to Get More Funding

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According to the break down, shillings 5.2 billion will be spent on foreign intelligence, analyzing the intelligence 3.5billon shillings and administering it will cost 3.8billion shillings.

The External Security Organization-ESO will get more money this financial year, once parliament approves the state house budgetary estimates. According to the ministerial statement from the office of the president, ESO has been allocated 14 billion shillings this financial year compared to 10 billion shillings last year.

Part of the reason for the proposed ESO budget increase is the continued intelligence on extremist groups and threats to the oil and gas industry in the country. According to the break down, shillings 5.2 billion will be spent on foreign intelligence, analyzing the intelligence 3.5billon shillings and administering it will cost 3.8billion shillings.
 
The proposed ESO budget increase in the wake of a shift in government’s major priority from infrastructural development to security. There has already been an increase in the defense budget to fund the war in South Sudan. The security budget in this year hit the 1 trillion shillings mark.  According to the ministerial policy statement, which is before parliament, ESO plans to build an effective intelligence communication network and acquire modern technical equipment to ‘counter the world's advanced and liberalized information communication technology’.

Shillings 392 million has been earmarked for this purpose. Other drivers of the ESO budget this year include wages for staff that will be deployed to complement the local security agencies in stopping organized international crime like human and drug trafficking. ESO is the external intelligence gathering organ of the country.

It is currently under the office of the President and is in charge of collecting foreign intelligence and interpreting it for the President’s action. ESO operatives are also deployed in Somalia alongside the AMISOM forces, in embassies of Uganda and on covert classified Ugandan government missions.

 

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Presently a Law student at Makerere University, Kampala, Mujuni started out as a freelancer for URN in 2012.

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