Cabinet endorses Museveni's donation budget

What you need to know:

  • The president's welfare fund will reportedly be injected in poverty alleviation focusing on model villages and demonstration farms.
  • Mr Museveni in a statement issued in November last year defended his donations, arguing that he cannot live comfortably in the neighbourhood of poor people without doing something about them.

Cabinet has resolved that Parliament should continue allocating money to the president's welfare fund. This is the fund that the president uses to deliver financial pledges.
There has been concern from civil society over reduction of funding for the Youth Livelihood Fund implemented by Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development in the planning for the 2019/20 financial year and creation of a vote for a Youth Fund under State House.
The creation of the Shs130 billion Youth Livelihood Fund under State House has resulted into the reduction of Gender Ministry funding from Shs 66.6 billion in the 2018/19 financial year to Shs 4.62 billion in the 219/20 financial year.
Civil Society Budget Advocacy Group (CSBAG) in a statement said the fund under State House risks being mismanaged.
"It is notable that State House doesn't have the required expertise to completely over see this youth programme. It opens risks to politicization of the programme. Lastly, State House operations are almost beyond public scrutiny and has limited Parliamentary oversight," CSBAG said in a statement published on Tuesday.

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