Civil Society Budget Advocacy Group (CSBAG), a collection of civil society organisations in Uganda, have urged government to increase the fight against corruption if the proposed 2014/15 proposed budget allocations are to benefit the rural poor.
Speaking at the budget debate yesterday in Kampala, CSBAG coordinator Julius Mukunda applauded the government move to increase budget allocations to key economic sectors such as agriculture, health, water and environment, and works and transport but called for tighter measures to curb corruption if the allocations are to reach the beneficiaries.
“A lack of political will has crippled our anti-corruption institutions thus undermining any efforts towards fighting corruption. Government must fight corruption if rural women and men are to benefit from this budget,” Mr Mukunda said.
However, Mr Moses Sonko, the representative of the Finance ministry, said the government is on the right track towards curbing corruption, listing the different organs fighting the vice but said the oversight role belongs to all Ugandans.