Dec 9, 2022

Mawazo Writing Africa

Writing about the main

Uganda’s security budget points to longer stay in eastern Congo

Kampala has presented funding proposals for its war operations in DR Congo aimed at continuing the hunt for terrorists accused of having left behind atrocities in Uganda.

In the Budget speech before the sitting Reading Parliament of Uganda Finance Minister Matia Kasaija announced a $3.9 trillion ($1.02 billion) allocation for security at the Kololo Ceremonial Ground on June 14, saying the increase in the defense budget is the ” Foundation of Socio-Economic Transformation in the Next Fiscal Year”. /p>

“Peace, security and stability and the rule of law must remain the top priorities of the government,” said Mr. Kasaija.

Although there has not been a serious war in the country, there has been one caused by cattle thieves Pockets of insecurity in the Karamoja region, and the government has allocated a significant amount of money annually for defense.

This time, Mr Kasaija said the allocation was to strengthen operations in eastern DRC , although he did not specify , how much.

< p>“UPDF will also continue the pacification of eastern DRC in line with agreements with the DRC government. Maintaining peace, security and stability, as well as macroeconomic stability, are important foundations for economic recovery, growth and socio-economic transformation,” said Mr. Kasaija.

Neutralize the militia threat

Ugandan The military started in November 2021 in eastern DRC operations against the rebels of the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), who have been held responsible for terrorist activities in Uganda and mass killings in DRC for over two decades.

In cooperation with the Congolese army has announced the UPDF’s great achievements in the war and requested an increase in troops for an operation which the UPDF spokesman said will continue as long as the threat persists.

The minister said the government intended to cushion vulnerable Ugandans against high commodity prices by helping farmers source more fast-ripening food and oilseeds for domestic supplies to avoid interfering in the market via prices and to support the supply of alternative fuels, particularly around Lake Victoria, to avoid supply disruptions, as well as the use of fiscal policies to mitigate the impact of rising commodity prices.

He announced the construction of additional fuel storage infrastructure, as well as speeding up the oil production process. Uganda has a fuel reservoir at Jinja, 80 km east of the city of Kampala, with a capacity of 30 million liters compared to the national consumption of about six million liters per day.

“The government cannot influence price levels, their changes they are driven by external shocks beyond his control. We will therefore not apply any measures that can lead to long-term and painful distortions in the economy,” the minister said.

The economy is struggling with a public debt burden of over $73.5 trillion ($19 billion dollars), inflation of more than 6 percent, rising prices for fuel and essential goods such as groceries, cooking oil, soap, sugar, bread, and a projected $939 billion ($250 million) in lost revenue for the fiscal year, which ends on June 30, although Mr. Kasaija hopes to turn the economy around.