Uganda’s sports budget is expected to increase to Shs26 billion in the next financial year from Shs17 billion allocated to the vote in financial year 2018/19. Finance Minister Matia Kasaija will read the Shs44.4 trillion 2019/20 budget come 13th of June.
The increase in sports budget was revealed by the acting General Secretary of National Council of Sports (NCS) Patrick Ogwel at the first National Council of Sports and National Sports Associations/Federations Forum at The Copper Chimney Restaurant in Lugogo, Kampala.
The forum was attended by 43 association/federation heads out of the 48 currently registered with NCS alongside Minister Charles Bakkabulindi, Sports Commissioner Omara Apita and the Ministry of Education and Sports Undersecretary Aggrey Kibenge among other representatives.
The meeting was meant to help the minister collaborate with fellow sports administrators, draw strategies to attract and solicit funding and partnerships for developing the sports sector in Uganda.
This means that the funding has tremendously grown from Shs400m in 2000 when Minister of State for Sports Charles Bakkabulindi was appointed.
The government of Uganda through the National Council of Sports (NCS) under the Ministry of Education and Sports develops and controls sports activities in Uganda.
The council is a statutory organ whose establishment, status and powers are enshrined under The NCS Act of 1964, to among other things; Develop, Promote and Control sports activities in Uganda on behalf of Government, under the Ministry of Education and Sports.
The NCS which is linked to the Supreme Council for Sports in Africa (SCSA) and other relevant sports organizations serves as an apex organization that coordinates all sports activities in the country, in conjunction with National Sports Associations/Federations.