In a recent supplementary budget, the government provided a total of Shs112.5bn to facilitate the UPDF.
Finance minister Matia Kasaija said this follows the recent surge in cattle theft and cross-border conflicts in Karamoja sub-region have been and will continue to be addressed.
“Madam Speaker, the recent surge in cattle theft and cross-border conflicts in Karamoja sub-region have been and will continue to be addressed,” he said Tuesday while reading this year’s budget speech.
“In a recent supplementary budget, Government provided Shs. 112.5 billion to facilitate the UPDF to carryout operations and the Ministry of Works and Transport to construct security roads in Karamoja sub-region.”
He said the UPDF will also continue with the pacification of the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo in line with the agreement with the Government of the Democratic Republic of Congo.
“Madam Speaker, with respect to the capacity and wellbeing of our security forces, Government will in the medium term embark on enhancement of pay for our gallant men and women in uniform.”
Kasaija said the construction of the Military Referral Hospital in Mbuya is on schedule and within budget.
“Madam Speaker, in order to enhance surveillance and improve crime detection, the first Phase of the CCTV camera project was successfully implemented with the installation of over 3,000 cameras country-wide.”
He said the second phase is now 95 percent complete, and targets all cities and major highways.
“Madam Speaker, Shs3.987 trillion has been provided for improvement of security and security infrastructure.”