KAMPALA (Xinhua) --
The government of Uganda has been recognized by
the Open Budget Survey 2017 for having the second most
transparent budget in Africa, after South Africa.
The Survey conducted
by the Uganda Debt Network (UDN) in partnership with the
International Budget Partnership (IBP) gave Uganda a 60 percent
score, which is above the 42 percent average global score.
The report said
Uganda published seven out of the eight essential budgeting
documents to its citizens in a timely manner, to score above her
peers, especially in Sub-Saharan Africa.
It also ranked
Uganda above the global average in citizen participation in the
budget making process, 28 percent vs. global average of 12
Speaking during the
launch of the survey report at the finance ministry in Kampala,
UDN board treasurer, Christopher Iga noted that Uganda’s
legislature scored 71 percent during the budget making process,
although this fell drastically to 28 percent during budget
execution and auditing.
He said, however,
that only 32 countries’ legislatures had adequate oversight
practices, 47 had limited oversight practices while 26 had weak
The Open Budget
Survey assesses public involvement in the budget making process
and is alleged to be the world’s only independent, comparative
and regular assessment of public budget accountability.
He advised that in
order to improve further, the government should hold legislative
hearings on the audit report, during which members of the public
and the civil society can be allowed to testify.
“You can also
establish formal mechanisms for the public to assist the supreme
audit institutions by participating in relevant audit
investigations, as well as exchange views on national budget
matters during the formation of the national budget,” he said.
The state minister
of finance for economic planning, David Bahati attributed the
performance to implementation of the Public Finance Management
Act (PFMA) 2015.
“The other is the
certificate of compliance, issued by the National Planning
Authority after measuring budget compliance of the previous
financial year, in relation to our national Development Plans
and the Chatter for Fiscal Responsibility,” he said.
The Director Budget,
Kenneth Mugambe said the government has been taking measures
such as consultative and participatory budget processes at all
levels, and publishing simplified versions of national
development plans to improve budget transparency.