The town council chairperson Sylvester Mapozi says they had estimated to run on a 2.5 Billion Shillings budget for the financial year 2020/2021 but have only managed to realise 1.5 Billion Shillings most of which was a contribution from the central government.
Mpondwe-Lhubiriha Town Council in Kasese District has lost 1
Billion Shillings in revenue collections in the last year.
The town council connects Uganda to the Democratic
Republic of Congo-DRC. Most of the revenue is generated from markets
However, following the outbreak of Covid-19, cross border businesses
including market operations were suspended.
Mpondwe market contributes about 600 million shillings annually to
the council coffers.
The town council chairperson Sylvester Mapozi says they had
estimated to run on a 2.5 Billion Shillings budget for the financial year
2020/2021 but have only managed to realize 1.5 Billion Shillings most of which
was a contribution from the central government.
He says the town council is crippling to offer social services
including maintaining roads and garbage collection due to inadequate funds.
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Mapozi adds that the current insecurity in DRC has also worsened
the situation since Congolese nationals are unable to cross into Uganda to do
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Kule Neriko, the Katero Cell chairperson said there is a need for
government to consider re-opening the border market to help the town generate
revenues. He notes that the area is already choking on garbage.
Amina Kobusinge trader in Mpondwe says her business returns have
drastically gone down since the lockdown was announced last
year. Kobusinge who deals in fish says that she largely depends on
customers from DRC.