Ugandan govt to launch SMS alerts for budget spending

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Uganda's finance ministry says it has finalised plans to set up mobile phone alerts for the public, civil society and the media to monitor public expenditure in the next financial year to improve accountability. Social media and a dedicated website will also be used to monitor budget expenditure alongside an integrated payroll and pension system, which automatically matches public sector recruitment to wages and salaries, eliminating wastage on ghost workers, The New Vision reported. The new measures are aimed at increasing confidence in government processes. Mugambe noted that the public should be vigilant to ensure that disbursed funds accomplish the intended tasks.