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Vol 56 No 7

Published 3rd April 2015


Spending for victory

A surge in voter-friendly spending accompanies the NRM’s election campaign and there is little the opposition can do to stop it

Both public spending and borrowing have shot up over the past year as the governing National Resistance Movement gears up for next year's elections. Although the NRM faces little challenge from the opposition, amid party divisions, President Yoweri Museveni is eager to demonstrate his popularity and maintain an amenable Parliament. To do this, the government is resorting to huge state hand-outs and spending on patronage. This could have a distorting influence on the economy.

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