Busoga kingdom has rolled out an ambitious Shs55, 423, 400, 000 billion budget to facilitate its development agenda and activities in the Financial Year 2022/2023. The budget was Friday presented to the kingdom’s Lukiiko by State Minister of Finance, Planning, Investment and Economic Development Owek. Ivan Kiirya.
Owek. Kirya said the tenability of the budget is anchored on every stakeholder’s commitment to supporting the institution of Obwakyabazinga Bwa Busoga. “As the finance ministry, we have done our part in line with what is annually required of us. However, realizing its practicability is our responsibility jointly,” he told the well-attended Lukiiko, the kingdom’s legislature.
He said the budget, under the theme “Resource Mobilization and Functional Systems in Obwakyabazinga Bwa Busoga,” will be financed with incomes from leases, royalties, ebyaiffe, donations, ground rent, partnerships, Okukiika Embuga, sale of Kingdom items like certificates, maps and portraits.
The kingdom’s Prime Minister Owek. Dr. Joseph Muvawala is optimistic that this budget is tenable provided the approach is robust. “You all realize that the budget has been developed based on what we have among others as an institution,” he said.
Adding: “We must first of all capitalize on what is within our midst before seeking donor or government support since the kingdom is endowed naturally.”
According to the released estimates and allocations, the health sector took the lion’s share of Shs6.1 billion followed by education with Shs5.058 billion. Works and transport took Shs4 billion, tourism Shs3.5 billion, trade and cooperative Shs3.1 billion, water and environment Shs3 billion and culture Shs2.7 billion.
Agriculture got Shs3.5 billion, gender and women Shs1.5 billion, youth and ICT Shs1.02 billion, information and mobilization Shs1.1 billion, Also, the foreign affairs will receive Shs1.2 billion, lands and ebyaiffe Shs708m, protocol and security Shs1.2 billion, Busoga Lukiiko Shs303m, permanent secretary’s office Shs3.015 billion, finance and economic development Shs4.351 billion.
In 2020, the Busoga Consortium for Development, a non-partisan platform established to steer socio-economic development in the Busoga region launched a 10-year Busoga Development Agenda to run until 2030.
The development agenda is premised on 10 pillars which include; commercializing agriculture; tourism culture and heritage; education and skills development; development of road and water infrastructure; environmental stability; industrialization and private sector development; health improvement; land and mineral resources development; urban and human settlement and Obwa Kyabazinga Bwa Busoga.