By Namugerwa Martha
While the period of reading the national budget to the nation is knocking at the door, many Ugandans have reacted differently to the next financial year budget in both negative and positive responses.
The National Budget is stated to be read out on Thursday 8th June 2017 at the Kampala Serena hotel by the minister of Finance, Planning and Economic development Hon. Matia Kasaija.
Some Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in Uganda asked the government to first tackle the oil rates because when the oil rates are high they affect all the prices of both commodities and transport.
“The government should reduce the oil rates because they affect food rates and transport rates which affects the income and expenditure of low income people and our small start up enterprises,” SMEs said
Additionally, some parents asked the government to reduce on the taxes which are being imposed to the private schools because the more the government increases school taxes the more schools continue to increase the schools fees which makes it hard for some children to get quality education.
However, in a 91 page report on the ministerial policy statements, the committee warned that the country has a highly vulnerable debt where it noted that the country is in debt to the extent that the budget can no longer adequately provide for quality education and health services.
According to the report, out of the Ugx 28.99 trillion Budget for FY 2017/18, only Ugx 12.9 trillion (44.8%) will be available for discretionary spending, while the balance, Ugx 16 tn is earmarked for debt servicing and project support.