Meager Budget Cripples PWD Activities in Arua

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Raymond Balikuddembe, the chairperson of PWD's in Arua told Uganda Radio Network that they sub counties only receive 2million Shillings each financial year under the district budget to fund activities by persons with disabilities. This is part of a 61million Shillings budget allocation sent by the central government to the district to cater for PWD's under special grants.

Persons with disabilities in Arua district are calling for an increase in their budget allocations in order to improve their participation in development activities at various levels.

Raymond Balikuddembe, the chairperson of PWD's in Arua told Uganda Radio Network that they sub counties only receive 2million Shillings each financial year under the district budget to fund activities by persons with disabilities. This is part of a 61million Shillings budget allocation sent by the central government to the district to cater for PWD's under special grants.
 
"This money is allocated to the 28 sub counties in Arua to help PWD's to identify income generating activities. Each Sub County has in the past received 2million Shillings which is shared among different organized groups to engage in income generating activities.

But Balikuddembe says the allocation can only be used to organize national celebrations for the International day for persons with disabilities, marked each year in December. He pleaded that PWDs be facilitated with more funding to start projects that would boost their economic status.

The speaker of Arua district local government Genesis Acema told URN that the districts tax base is too small and cannot facilitate an increase in the budget for PWDs. He advised PWD's to apply for funding through other projects like the Northern Uganda Social Action Fund and Operation Wealth Creation.

Cue in: "The money"
Cued out… "Three goats"

In its recent district budget conference, Arua district had an estimate of 545million Shillings under local revenue, 48.2billion Shillings under donor funds and 1.7billion Shillings under central government transfers.