Cabinet has approved the additional emergency funding request of Shs. 32,000,000,000/= (thirty-two billion shillings only) for emergency relief supplies to the victims of floods, landslides, windstorms, hailstorms and lightening from the Contingency Fund.
Late last year, Government released UGX 20 billion for emergency procurement of inflatable boats, tarpaulins, blankets, relief food, drugs for water borne diseases and culverts for fixing washed away bridges under the life-saving and rescue phase (Nov 2019- Jan 2020) of the flooding/landslides situation.
Government is this month carrying out post Disaster Needs Assessment (PDNA) to determine total level of damage and losses and actions for the Recovery and Reconstruction following disastrous floods that hit the Eastern region.
The most affected was Mt Elgon Subregion ( Bududa, Sironko, manafwa, Namisidwa and Mbale with the number of displaced persons at 25,000; affected households at 85,000 and damaged acreage of crop and plantations at 21,500 hectares.
However, as plans to re-settle those affected by the landslides and deal with any future occurrences continue, government needs an additional UGX 32 Billion budget.
Meanwhile, Cabinet which sat at Office of the President on Apollo Kaggwa Road, Kampala on Monday January 20th 2020, also noted that the 43rd commemoration of St. Janani Luwum Day will take place on Sunday 16th February 2020 at Mucwini Kitgum District under the theme “Let us not get tired of doing good”.
Cabinet further approved the Ratification of the Bilateral Air Services Agreements (BASAs): The Ratification of the Agreements will put Uganda at equal legal footing with her Partners in as far as implementation of these Agreements is concerned and also signify Uganda’s sovereign intent to be bound by the terms of the Agreements and her commitment to fully implement them.
Also approved, was the Principles of the draft Local Governments Statutory Instrument 2020.The Purpose of the Instrument is to: (i) Legalize the approval of Park User Fees (PUF) and collection procedures; (ii) Avoid arbitrary changes and charges of Park User Fees (PUF).