UHRC Shines at the National Budget Exhibition WeekBudget Week
The Uganda Human Rights Commission (UHRC) is one of the organizations under government MDAs which demonstrated excellent service during the three-day Service Excellence Exhibition in Kololo to the general public.
The exhibition which run from Wednesday 5th to Friday 7th June 2019 saw the Commission’s hosed under stall number 29 under the Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs village. The UHRC stall which was manned by six staff spent the four days explaining to different individuals and groups the mandate of the Commission; offering on spot legal services including complaint registration and also giving out souvenirs in the form of branded promotional materials to members of the public who visited its stall.
The Uganda Human Rights Commission registered over 417 people who visited its stall at the Kololo exhibition who were comprised of various categories of people including those from the police, army, prison officers, non-government Organization officials, students from institutions of higher learning, researchers and ordinary members of the public.
The Kololo exhibition was preceded with a peaceful procession of over 300 government officials drawn from various Government Ministries, Departments and Agencies on Wednesday 5th June 2019 which kicked off from the Constitutional Square through Kampala and ended at the Kololo Independence Grounds. The procession which was aimed at raising public awareness about the National Budget Week was flagged off by the Minister for Finance Hon Matia Kasaija at the Constitutional Square. The colorful procession had different organizations donned in branded T-shirts of different colors with inscription of the theme for the event which was “know your budget.” The procession was led by brass bands from the three national security agencies namely the UPDF, Uganda Police, Uganda Prisons bands. The Prime Minister The Rt. Hon Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda officially opened the four-day exhibition Kololo Independence Grounds.
At Kololo, each organization used the opportunity to showcase the services they offer including offering free services to the general public. The Uganda Coffee Development Authority for instance provided free coffee, cappuccino and other types of coffee while the Diary Development Authority offered free milk to the public and the National Identification Registration Authority (NIRA) offered free registration of new National Identity Cards and replacement services. Other services offered at the exhibition in Kololo were free medical checkups and blood screening by the Ministry of Health and Mulago Hospital.
Speaking at the closing ceremony of the exhibition on Friday 7th June 2019, the State Minister for Finance in charge of Investment and Privatization Hon. Evelyn Anite Kaji who represented Minister Matiya Kasaija lauded the MDAs who had participated and braved to the end. “Government had come up with the initiative of merging government agencies to address the issues of laziness and corruption which prompted many agencies to work hard. Unfortunately, after the issue of merging was put aside, most of the agencies have fallen back in their daily habits,” she said.
She said the Service Excellence Exhibition initiative was aimed at demonstrating to taxpayers how the budget is facilitated and how money is spent by government so as to create transparency in the budgeting process.
The exhibition was a precursor to the reading of the National budget set for this Thursday June 13, 2019 at Serena International Conference Centre.