By Sarah Kaudha, AFMC/NECJOGHA CORRESPONDENT, KAMPALA
KAMPALA, UGANDA-The Uganda national budget for the financial year 2019/2020 to a record tune 40.4 trillion has been read today Thursday, but again giving a row deal to the sectors which impact or are directly affected by climate.
The budget was presented by the Minister of Finance, Planning and Economic Development Matia Kasaija at a ceremony presided over by President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni at Serena conference hall. This is the biggest budget in Uganda’s history and was an increase of 7.6 trillion compared to that of 2018/2019 which stood at 32.8 trillion.
However most of the climate related sectors like; agriculture, health, water and sanitation had a reduction or only a marginal increase in allocation where a big chunk were allocated to nonproductive sectors like public administration, defense and security, classified expenditure which increase from 800 billions to two trillion.
Agriculture which is the backbone of the country’s economy has been allocated Ugandan shillings one trillion which is an increase of only 107 billion from the 893 billion it was allocated in the 2018/2019 budget.
Water and sanitation, a major cause of the extreme climate impacts such as floods due to poor garbage disposal especially the un-decomposed materials such as plastics, polythene bags, all of which affect the perforation of water into the soil which just floods on the surface has been allocated one trillion which is a reduction from 1.3 trillion allocation in the previous financial year’s budget of 2018/2019 which spreads the risk of flooding further.
Health a sector directly affected by extreme weather events such as floods and droughts though diseases such as malaria (due to rampant mosquitos after heavy rains) and cholera (and other related diseases due to floods and heavy rains) had a marginal increase when it was allocated 2.5 trillion which was an increase of only 200 billion from the 2.3 trillion Ugandan shillings allocated to it 2018/2019 which is an increase threat of lives.