Ugandans Want Health, Agriculture Prioritized

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Abdulla Musungula, a concerned citizen says most of the money should go to Agriculture. He explains that Uganda was in the past a rich country since people were economically empowered through planting cotton, coffee, tea and livestock among others.

A section of Ugandans want the government to prioritize Agriculture and health in its national budget.

The budget for the 2018/2019 financial year will be 32.367 trillion shillings.

Abdulla Musungula, a concerned citizen says most of the money should go to Agriculture. He explains that Uganda was in the past a rich country since people were economically empowered through planting cotton, coffee, tea and livestock among others.

He says the quality of agricultural inputs is poor and has also affected the yields of the farmers.

Musungula wants roads improved in agricultural productive areas. 

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Nakalanzi Teopista, a vendor says that funds should be channeled to the health sector to purchase drugs. She also says that salaries of the health workers should be increased so that they are motivated to work.

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Ivan Nsubuga wants the government to increase the health budget so as to recruit more health workers.

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Grace Watuwa Namukhula, the Woman MP Namisindwa, says as an agro-economy, a good percentage of money should go to Agriculture and the local government budget.


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Muwanga Kivumbi, the Butambala MP says the budget doesn't reflect enough funds for the contingency fund, while other sectors like agriculture don't meet the set threshold.


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Alex Otto
“Journalism that changes lives is my goal,” Alex Otto has said on more than one occasion. That is his career’s guiding principle. Has been since he was a radio journalist in the northern Ugandan town of Gulu in 2009.

Otto passionately believes his journalism should bring to the fore the voices of the voiceless like the shooting victims of Apaa. Otto tries in his journalism to ask tough questions to those in positions of authority.

Based in the Kampala bureau, Otto is especially interested in covering agriculture, politics, education, human rights, crime, environment and business. He has reported intensively on the post-conflict situation in northern Uganda.

A URN staff member since 2014, Otto previously worked with The Observer Newspaper from 2012 to 2013 and later the Institute for War and Peace Reporting IWPR based in Gulu.

He was the URN Gulu bureau chief 2014-2016.