The minister of Finance Hon. Matia Kasaija has reduced the budget for national security from Shs1.6 trillion last year to Shs1.5trillion in the next financial year.
While delivering the 2016/17 national budget at Serena hotel on Wednesday, Kasaija said peace, stability and national security are the bed-rock for socio-economic transformation.
He allocated Shs1.5 trillion to security as opposed to Shs 1.6tn allocated to the sector in last year’s budget.
The money was meant to further professionalise the armed forces and other security organs.
Specific emphasis was placed on the acquisition of modern weaponry, strengthening intelligence capability, training and welfare last year.
Kasaija said Wednesday the achievements, Uganda has witnessed over the last 30 years is due to the NRM Government’s understanding and effort to strengthen national defence and security and re-establish the rule of law.
He reiterated that during the last financial year, there was continued modernisation of defence and security forces to maintain peace and security.
“Interventions include the procurement of modern equipment, the recruitment and training of armed and other security forces, and improvement in the welfare for the armed forces.”
He said the Uganda Peoples Defence Force (UPDF) participated and is still participating in community service programmes and national development projects such as Operation Wealth Creation (OWC).
“Ugandans continually appreciate the sacrifices made by our gallant sons and daughters to safeguard national and territorial integrity.”
He commended the forces patriotism for protecting Uganda from insecurity and acts of terrorism, “so that we can all peacefully engage in economic activities and enjoy life”.
He said in the forthcoming year and the medium term, Government will continue to build the capacity of the security forces to enable maintain security both national and across the region.
The minister said 75% of Ugandans make shorter distances to access justice hence allocating the Justice, Law & Order sector allocated Shs1.1 trillion.
He said decentralisation of pension and payroll management led to an estimated UGX300b in annual savings on government and wage bill.
He allocated public administration a total of UGX537 billion and Public Sector Management Shs1.1 trillion.