By Naboth Isaac Niwagaba
Rubanda District Authorities on Wednesday unveiled the budget framework paper in which Ug X 31.4 billion is expected to be spent on different sectors of the economy for service delivery in the financial year 2022/2023.
While speaking at the Budget Consultative Conference held at Volcano Hotel in Rubanda Town Council, the District LC.5 Chairperson Ampaier Stephen Kasyaba outlined sectors which they intend to prioritize in the next financial year. The priority sectors include health, education, infrastructural development such as road construction, and investments in the agro-processing industry.
Mr. Kasyaba revealed that the government is set to upgrade Muko Health Centre IV also known as Kamugongo to hospital status, while there would be remarkable infrastructural development at the remaining lower health facilities.
Kasyaba also revealed plans to construct a two-storeyed meeting hall to accommodate the ever-increasing number of District Councilors to avoid renting whenever they have bigger ceremonies such as the Budget conferences. He said the new structure would accommodate offices of the District speaker of the council and her deputy, clerk to the council, and heads of departments.
Meanwhile, the Rubanda District C.A.O Alex Kwizera explained that the purpose of the Budget Consultative Conference was to bring together ideas of people from the village to District level. He noted that the ceremony kicked off the process for the preparation of the final budget estimates which would be put before the District Council for approval next year.
Mr. Kwizera further noted that the ceremony followed the National Budget Consultative meeting that was held on 9th September 2021 in Kampala, and the Regional Budget Consultative workshop that was held on 3rd and 5th October in Mbarara, Igongo Cultural Centre for the financial year 2022/2023.
He said the objectives of the consultative meeting were; to present the budget strategy for the next financial year, provide timely and focussed information for key stakeholders and the development partners, and communicate the key budget reforms which the government is undertaking to strengthen service delivery, among others.
The Meeting attracted different stakeholders including sub-county chiefs, Town clerks, and members of the public.