Government spent at least Shs 300 million per day to maintain President Museveni on official duty and his immediate family between July 2009 and December 2009, according to the National Budget Framework Paper (NBFP) for 2010/2011-2014/2015.
According to the NBPF, which looks at government’s expenditure over the past financial year and forecasts future spending, government spent Shs 54 billion in those six months and this includes providing for the President’s security detail, that of his family as well as his undisclosed welfare and logistical services.
And State House anticipates this figure to shoot to Shs 72 billion in the first six months of next financial year. Of the Shs 54 billion, Shs 11.6 billion was spent on logistical support and the President’s security, while Museveni’s countrywide tours to promote the Bonna Bagaggawale (Prosperity for All) programme in 33 districts cost the taxpayers Shs 7.7 billion.
State House, the figures indicate, spent Shs 10 billion to service the new presidential jet debt and to procure one principal and two support vehicles for the President.
This new jet, Gulf Stream 550, whose purchase generated public debate last year, was bought at a cost of $48.2million ( about Shs 88 billion).
During the six months, Shs 6.9 billion was spent on President Museveni’s visits to 17 countries, hosting of 10 heads of state, eight regional and international meetings, and hosting 17 foreign delegations.
The NBFP states that government also spent Shs 10 billion to enable Museveni attend 49 community functions and to facilitate State House payment of school fees for an undisclosed number of students. This is in addition to the Shs 1 billion used to renovate three state lodges and Shs 478 million to procure security, press and firefighting equipment.
Government’s expenditure on the presidency is likely to augment accusations that the President is living large at the expense of the taxpayer.
The Shs 300 million spent on the presidency a day is enough to pay salaries of about 150 Special Police Constables for a full year (with each earning about Shs 200,000 per month), or to build six decent classroom blocks at a cost of Shs 50 million each.
Yet it appears that this money is not enough. In January, State House lodged a supplementary budget request for Shs 18 billion, of which Shs 12 billion was to settle the outstanding debt arrears for the old presidential jet. Another Shs 350 million was required to pay allowances for staff on various duties.
The NBPF notes: “Within the available resources in the medium term 2010/11-2012/13, the sector through the Office of the President will continue to facilitate the presidency to enable it effectively execute its constitutional mandate and to manage the government policy and agenda…”
Compared with our richer neighbour, Kenya, according to their national budget of 2009/10, State House was allocated KShs 960 million (UShs 26 billion) for a full financial year to cater for President Mwai Kibaki’s household and other logistical support.
The Shs 26 billion includes money for maintaining the official residences of President Kibaki six State Lodges and State House Nairobi), for facilitating his 388 staff and the maintenance of 149 support cars.
This means that per day, the Kenyan government spent UShs 71 million to maintain Kibaki, four times less than the money Uganda spent to maintain its head of state a day.
Museveni’s Press Secretary, Tamale Mirundi declined to comment about the expenditure saying the budget is drafted by the Office of the President not Sate House.
President Museveni recently said in an interview with The Daily Monitor that his office deserves to be funded highly because he is the initiator and supervisor of major policies in the country.
“If you fund education but you do not fund this supervisor [Museveni], then what are you doing?” he retorted when asked about the large amount spent on maintaining him.
State House maintains a large security detail in addition to a large support staff. This expenditure on the presidency represents 24% of the total cost of public administration in Uganda, which at the moment stands at Shs 217 billion.
Next financial year, according to the NBPF, the cost is projected to increase to Shs 304 billion.
Budget priorities for 2010/2011
It is clear that the NBPF was drawn in tandem with the recently launched National Development Plan, which is supposed to be the key guide in the country’s pursuit of accelerated economic development. The five-year NDP is estimated to cost Shs 54 trillion.
According to the paper, Uganda is projected to spend Shs 6.3 trillion for the next financial year, Shs 300 million less than last year’s Shs 6.6 trillion.
The reduction is partly as a result of a decrease in allocation of resources to ministries such as that of Health, Works and Transport, Energy and Minerals, Tourism, Trade and Industry, and the legislature.
The Ministry of Works, which was allocated Shs 1.2 trillion last year, will get Shs 919 billion next year, while that of Trade which got Shs 47 billion, will now be given Shs 41 billion. The Ministry of Health allocated 737 billion in 2009/10, will get Shs 636 billion next financial year.
The Ministry of Education will be the highest funded entity next financial year, having been allocated Shs 1.1 trillion, a marginal increase from the Shs 1 trillion it received last year. The Ministry of Defence has been allocated Shs 488 billion, up from Shs 487 billion last year.
For the second year running, the Ministry of ICT has been allocated the least funds, Shs 11 billion, a nominal increase from Shs 9.5 billion it received last financial year.
The paper outlines five major areas of emphasis next financial year. They include infrastructure development (roads) and energy, promotion of science and technology, enhancing agricultural production, private sector development and improving public service delivery.
written by Richard , April 25, 2010
Why should Ugandans lament about the Life President’s expenditure yet they were well informed in 1986 that NRA’s change was not mere change of guards?
That is why past leaders are ‘swine’ because they were providing services to all Ugandans not themselves.This is all corruption at the highest level.
written by Nsinjo Maria Gorretti, Ca., USA , April 25, 2010
The expenditure of the President reveals what he really is and stands for. He is just there to enrich himself and his family and hold to power by whatever means, even if it means to impoverish his people and take the last drop of blood out of them. It is a great disgrace to the nation. Power corrupts, absolute power corrupts absolutely.
written by MABO , April 25, 2010
The executive,judiciary and parliament need to revise their recurrent expenditures. Most of the money shld be spent on infrastracture investments as outlined in the newly launched NDP to facilitate real transformation.
We as ugandans need to implore all stake holders & politicians to enusre that at least 75% of NDP vision & priorities are achieved. If most of the concerned at resolute & work tirelessly to impliment the govt set programs,then the tours by the president to popularise & inspect work done would be cut short. For God & my country.
written by Shirley Kaijula , April 26, 2010
You all have a chance to get rid of this exploitative regime. Just go, register and vote the man out!!!
written by Simon P.S. Kibira , April 26, 2010
No suprise… we have always lived beyond our means. Shame on our leaders….! where is prosperity for all??
written by zake , April 26, 2010
IT IS DIFFICULT FOR M7 TO UNDERSTAND THE NEED TO FACILITATE A PEACEFUL TRANSFER OF POLITICAL POWER, BECAUSE NOW HIS ENTIRE ECONOMIC DOMINANCE DEPENDS ON NOT UNDERSTANDING THAT. SO WHEN YOUR LACK OF UNDERSTANDING AN ISSUE IS YOUR SOURCE OF INCOME,THE YOUR ANSWER TO ALL QUESTIONS IS: STATUS QUO AT ALL COSTS
written by Zziwa K , April 26, 2010
He used to move around in a Crosscountry with a modest escort. He wanted cheap furniture from Kawempe.
He dressed in Kaunda suits as a sign to others that Ugandans should live a simple life in order to speed up the recovery process.
But the departure from from the above is telling to those who have been following the events.
God save Uganda !
written by Maseruka John , April 26, 2010
Let the Pesident spend that much,, let ugandans die,without drugs in the hospitals, potholes all over, Our Money Eaten By the Temagalo katembe issues…many tghings…Remember all will come to an End. God is Watching and his time is the best. We are Seeing.
written by Muhwezi James , April 26, 2010
My goosh some people are very selfish yet Mr.Museveni and his family claim there christains?
written by madiina , April 26, 2010
That is the fundamental change he meant. I am sure NRM supporters(like MABO) are proud of thier man and his regime. Extravagancy of the highest order.
written by Njaka Muliro , April 26, 2010
What a wonderful analysis! Let this message trickle down to the Wananchi who are dying of poverty but keep voting M7 to power!
written by Denis , April 26, 2010
Gooooooooosh and you think Ugandans have a future with him at the helm can you imagine if that money is put into good use we would be the best country to live in but the selfishness has gone to another level. 300m per day God come help us.
written by Bryan Buule , April 26, 2010
Funny enough the Museveni of 1986 would oust the museveni on today, i mean by an armed movement.
The museveni today is equatable to Amin. Uganda has the highest tax imposed on citizens in the whole world.
The government is trying to gag everyone that is against it and the rewarding of one tribe is evident, clinging on to power, these are the very reasons museveni went to declare war against uganda. A president just can’t see your people suffer while you enjoy on their expense
written by Mutatiina Enock , April 26, 2010
That and all that he has been doing since he captured power speak alot about what we could brace ourselves for the future as Ugandans…vote him back come 2011 and this time Uganda might be sold off wholly at any price of his discretion,which is certainly unpatriotic.
written by Robert , April 26, 2010
I think we should actually give the man more money to spend per day. He has to spend on more expensive cars lest the cheaper japanese ones break down.
So bring on the Audi Q8(It’s coming soon) The man needs more security too, actually he needs 2 helicopters to follow the convoy everywhere, what if something happens to our beloved know-it-all father.
As a president, you also need to make sure that the people around you are well paid, so instead of giving them poor salaries, give them the highest, in fact throw in a German car too.
They need to be well paid in order to protect our president. The class rooms and hospitals can wait for the oil money!
In fact all of you who think that living on 300 million daily is too much, try being president for just one day.
written by OJA , April 26, 2010
Such a scandalous opulence amidst wretched people is criminal. The people are exploited for the good of one individual! Ugandans must wake up, act and uproot Museveni and his system otherwise there is no more a country called Uganda!
written by A Kasozi , April 26, 2010
I think those who were adamant to believe that we have a phoney revolutionary are now beginning to see and realise what sort of people are leading this Country.
I have never seen exploitaive,selfish and deadly people like these people. They only want the cream for themselves, spouses, relatives and their kids alone at all costs(scholarships,juicy jobs,free land bonanzas to name a few to themselves alone).
How do you really abuse people to this extent without remorse and then call yoursef a liberator, a patriot etc.
well,actions speaker louder than words and I guess you know what I mean,YOU WILL NEVER SEE A PENNY OF THE OIL MONEY IF THIS REGIME IS TO HANG AROUND FOR ANOTHER TERM AND WITH THESE SORT OF PEOPLE FELLOW UGANDANS.WE ARE DOOMED FELLOW UGANDANS!
written by JOHN , April 26, 2010
WE ARE YET TO SEE THE emperor stripping naked to his full. it can only worsen. Heavens know how far this will go on.
written by Med , April 26, 2010
How can you supervise what didn’t implement? Ugandans are lucky to have a visionary leader.
written by Nalwadda Rose , April 26, 2010
That’s Mr. President for you, i agree with Shirley Kaijula, we can all bring this to an end, by voting the right candidate come next year.
Am sure MABO is very happy, i hope she/he benefits from this 300 million spent a day, while poor ugandans are deing in hospitals because of lack of the cheapest drugs, and our cars sinking in pot holes every day and we buy a litre of fuel at 3000 shillingz.
written by Vincent , April 26, 2010
Did any of u pipo complaining fight??????????Mwalwana wa????????Where were u when we were in the trenches of Luwero fighting the Obote govt????
Some of u were busy eating sausages in Washington and others were simpy under their beds while some of us put our lives in danger by joining and fighting in the armed struggle.
It is now our turn to enjoy the trappings of power which we fought for while many of you just looked on.This is simply nugu and nugu.Let the man eat, for he fought for it.
written by Jim Kamezza , April 26, 2010
Why should he begg for money and facilitations for even Iran , he makes uganda begg while he eats big
No wonder Ghost- soldeirs – policemen -medical staff- teachers are paid first and the real ones after one year , Its now evident its us Ugandans to blame for keeping NRM in power.
written by Kandole , April 26, 2010
This is a numbing story! On afterthought this is the result of a State House that micromanages everything from breaking up dog-fights in local markets to election malpractices. There is nothing in Museveni’s background that prepared him to govern and now we are paying the dividends.
written by Immaculate Nambi , April 26, 2010
I can only imagine how much 300m could do for a regional referral hospital like Gulu referal hospital.
Even if they had just 300m for a month, it would do ALOT. Having a sole individual have 300m/day to himself ( and a couple of cronnies) is not so much a shame as it saddening.
Be warned observer, you may be summoned for defamation ( or sedition!) over this story…
written by Zziwa K , April 26, 2010
If I had any other country to go to, I would have left Uganda and its wretched leadership. Its shame to be Ugandan under Museveni’s leadership.
written by Imhotep , April 26, 2010
Reminds one of the proverbial saying that goes, “what goes up shall surely come down”. And the funny thing is, the higher it goes, the heavier shall be its thud when it finally falls. My former maths teacher, Mr.Ssegirinya, loved this saying a lot.
The West over the last 30-40 years has engaged in seeing to it that Africa is lead by incompetents.
This was through their conditioning of our minds to groom individuals that have done things the way they wanted, but the era we are about to enter is going to be one where the tables will be turned upside down.
We are coming out of the age of Pisces into an age that will see the rise of the Black man and his ideals.
written by Mumbejja , April 26, 2010
GO GO GO FREEDOM FIGHTER!!! GET THOSE UGANDANS!! YOU HUNTED THE ANIMAL. You have ‘em. Ha ha ha
written by Tukamushaba , April 26, 2010
these same donors know how he has aquired his wealth.
written by simon okoth , April 26, 2010
the more a monkey climbs a tree, the more it exposes its anus.m7 has overstayed n is showing us all his wicknesses.
300million!!!!!.that is just a tip of the iceburg. i thought it was just temangalo,global fund money,chogm money etc, but now even the president is the same as his team.
i thought it was just the guys around him doing this to uganda. trully! flies surround someting rotten,its not just only the ministers who r selfish, its from above.
written by John , April 26, 2010
The man eats 300million for our own good. His aging brain needs nourishment to think for Uganda
written by MUGISHA ABDUL , April 26, 2010
Yes, why not??if your rebalation was intended to fundamentally change from rags to being the 8th richest African in the whole world, minus peoples cheap cries of potholes,fake drugs,lack of drugs in hospitals, little police and teacher pay, i dont know what other cries you all have there in your backward communities,etc etc.
Therefore after attaining that income or rich people’s status of being 8th overall, you have to have streams of cash flowing all over you, for you to live and enjoy many more years to come.
That is why even those to protect have to be his very own because they are protecting the wealthy empires etc.
Therefore as long as we see him as a man of vision, vote him, then we have to keep quite for his expenditures, because that is the way the man we vote in power lives.
Just vote another persorn who has a small family, small stomach, few aides and few promises or else big men with big everything, take big amounts of money, after all OMUSAJJA YEYIGILA ENSOLO YE( he hunted and killed his animal) as he said and i wonder you onlookers what you want with his meat.
written by Kintu , April 26, 2010
I think those around the president must be deceiving him that all is so rosy in Uganda as they guzzle our taxes!
Why else would someone be trying to present himself for the post of president yet again (and again?) when after over 24 years (he is seeking an equivalent of a sixth term) in power it is obvious that he cannot do much better!
My father says, “a person can never be better than he is no matter how hard he tries”! Our Dear Leader is presiding over a country were less than 10 percent of his citizens have electric power or water in their houses, there are no drugs in the hospitals, people are dying from preventable disease, corruption is festering like a disease and he needs the aid of rigging and intimidation to win elections!
ALL this after 24 years in power!!. All sorts of Development plans, gimmicks and slogans – PAP, PEAP, Entandikwa, Bonna Baggagawale, NAADS, etc, – have come and gone and left Ugandans no better.
Does Uganda need to all just die before his cronies realise they taking us nowhere at a terrific speed.
One of the most telling evidence that our leader’s vision is nothing so great is that after 24 years this vision is so nebulous that no one else among those close to him can understand it or catch it and take the baton from the great dear leader!
We all know what a pupil, that repeats the same tests so many times but the result is no better, would be told. Please, our great dear leader, Uganda is too precious for your try and error – we beg you to try your talents elsewhere!
written by omwouganda , April 26, 2010
He deserves better than everybody else; the rest can go hang.
written by ley , April 26, 2010
Hope you know what is next. Kiggundu, better look for a better Job.
Don’t you know all this?????
written by zake , April 26, 2010
The NRM wins a trophy for sustained organised corruption. Graft is so dominant that the moral campus is dead.And no one cares,power at all costs.NRM says jump if you can, we are here to stay since we have money which can buy anything in Uganda.
written by OJA , April 26, 2010
Mobutu who killed the nationalist liberator of Zaire (Congo at the time), Patrice Lumumba, was richer than his country and many times the country was borrowing from him.
That precisely characterised KLEPTOCRACY-a term that came to identify Mobutu Sesse Seko Wazabanga Mgbendu-transliterated “the great cock among hens!”
Back to M7, he rejected Ibrahim Mo’s 5M Dollar offer for African leaders who show exceptional leadership qualities, retire and handover power voluntarily and peacefully (like Joachim Chisano of Mozambique).
He was quoted to have said that he didn’t need the 5M Dollars because he wasn’t a POOR man! Ugandans took it lightly, and that was just closer to the time he bribed MPs to removed presidential term limits.
Omar Bongo stole as much as possible from the oil wealth of Gabon and enriched himself so much so that he had everything that a mortal soul under this sun needs, but leaving the majority of the people of Gabon (ca. 1.4 million) in a wretched poverty situation.
So, Mobutu came, amassed wealth but yet like a dog-went; Omar Bongo did the same and ironically died in a spanish clinic and is gone. GOD, OR BETTER NATURE IS THE GREATEST ADMINISTRATOR OF JUSTICE.
written by ROOhio , April 26, 2010
I wish to thank president Museveni and his family for the great “sacrifice” they are making on behalf of Uganda.
I urge all Ugandans to thank the President and his family for suffering the long tenure at sacrifice and send them home to recover from the pain.
A bachelor, with no extra family to support, maybe able to sacrifice for us at a rate we can afford. Ugandans should start wrapping up the gift to present to them in 2011. If Ugandans cannot deliver such a gift, then they are not worth sacrificing for.
written by KIBUUKA ANTHONY , April 26, 2010
I DONT KNOW WHAT ELSE A MAN NEEDS EXCEPT TO BE PRESIDENT,THAT IS AN OFFICE YOU CAN EVER ACHIEVE,NO MORE IS BIGGER THAN THAT EXCEPT TO BE A GOD.
SO LET HIM EAT,AFTER ALL NOBODY CAN REACH THERE IF IT WAS NOT THEIR EFFORT,PEOPLE PUTTING U THERE AND GOD GIVEN CHANCE. IF YOU WANT TO EAT ALSO CONVINCE UGANDANS,STAND FOR PRESIDENT, ITS WHEN U WILL KNOW THAT GOD CHOSES LEADERS. REMEMBER EATING AND GETTING RICH IS NUMBER ONE IN POLITICS,SERVING THE NATION COMES SECOND.
HAA HAA HAA,I WILL STAND IN 2016.
written by Yafesi , April 26, 2010
just imagining what the slogan for the next project since bonna bagaggawale has failed miserably.
Probably this one is not a very bad slogan, after all, they are all aimless and the only pple benefiting are the president, his family, and a few others.
and MABO is not one of them.
written by mutimba patrick , April 26, 2010
There is a story about Uganda moving from about 89 districts to 110 in a swoop. PLease tell me why?
written by Kasaato Rashid, Secretary Interparty Alliance UK , April 26, 2010
We in opposition have been warning Ugandans that Museven is not a proffesional. He lives like Maria Antoneitte of France at a time when our major donors (UK & USA) are cutting their own expendutures to save some extra money for poor countries like Uganda.
He is wasting the donors and tax payers’ money yet he and his close allies dont pay any tax. The only solution is to uproot him from power without leaving any trace. He makes us Africans to be ashamed.
written by bintilika mahmood , April 26, 2010
no wonder the current govt can’t afford to raise the basic pay for the poor teachers and nurses and policemen and doctors and clerks.
Let alone providing services (feeding the cow it milks) One wonders where Kahinda Otafiire learnt economics from???????
Obsever – please do a story on who exactly these kids whose education must be funded by state house are?? How are they chosen and which school do they go to? Why can’t they fit into the UPE or USE if it is doing well. maybe they are students of the “MP Kajeke”type? Can you imagine that budget is not even known – what is the Auditor General’s take on that.
The FoH deserves much more, no discussion about that. I’m surprised that some of you even dare talk about it. His security detail is now a mere division. The FoH deserves 2-3 divisions to protect himself from you who don’t like him. The FoH deserves 1 bn per day, period.