of districts in Rwenzori Sub-region have decried underfunding and late release
of funds from central government.
contained in their joint presentation that the Kabarole LCV chairperson,
Richard Rwabuhinga, presented at the Kasunga 10 Rwenzori Leaders’ Retreat.
The leaders argued that districts get only 13 percent of the national budget but 9
per cent ends up in paying salaries of staff and their allowances.
They said the 4 per cent that remains is too little to improve on service delivery
and infrastructure development, and want the funds increased.
presentation, the leaders noted that most of the funds from central
government are released late and at
times towards the end of the financial year, which makes them hard to be utilized.
LCV chairperson, John Byamukama Kisoke, said when funds are not utilized by the
end of a given financial year, they are required to send them back to the
consolidated fund and make fresh requests for them, a process he said is time
As a result,
they argued, their electorates see them as inefficient because they fail to utilize
the money for pressing development purposes.
instance, in July this year, Kyenjojo district sent back 1.4 billion shillings to
the consolidated fund after they failed to use the money in the 2019/2020
chairperson, William Kaija, then said the money had been released so late that
they even failed to repair roads and renovate schools that were in very bad conditions.
the leaders said it does not make sense to find that districts are given full
road units but they have to wait for allocation of funds from central
government to maintain them.
that this has led to unnecessary delays in road maintenance and attracted sharp
criticism from their electorates who accuse them of poor leadership because of
failing to repair roads on time.
said they want to be in charge of the funds on top of the road units so that
they can repair roads as soon as the need arises.
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presentation, the leaders alsoo noted that the roads maintained by Uganda
National Roads Authority – UNRA look much better and last longer when compared
to ones that are maintained by the districts.
This, they argued,
is because the roads’ authority is allocated more funds than the districts,
which is a disadvantage to them because the electorates think they just do
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Roads in the districts of Rwenzori are in bad
state with deep gullies, potholes that are normally filled with stagnant water,
are narrow and become so slippery during wet seasons.
most cases, has affected businesses of the residents, who find it hard to
access markets for their agricultural produce, while others struggle to access
schools and health centres.
retreat, other issues aimed at developing Rwenzoro Sub region were discussed. They
included promotion of tourism and utilization of the Agro-industrialization
Local Economic Development – Agri-LED initiative, which aims at transforming
local governments to eradicate poverty and ensure sustainable wealth creation
by paying attention to the needs of individual districts.
Leaders’ Retreat is an initiative by Kabarole Research and Resource Centre –
KRC that started in 2006. It brings together local and central government
leaders including ministers, Members of Parliament - MPs, district chairpersons,
Chief Administrative Officers – CAOs, cultural and opinion leaders, to
deliberate on issues in the region.
Some of the
achievements of the Retreat include formation of the Tooro Elders Forum – TEF that
also holds annual meetings and has mediated different conflicting parties in
the region and has also given birth to the annual Tooro People’s Conference.
It also led
to the formation of Rwenzori MPs’ Forum, which aims at promoting women’s rights
and development, as well as look at issues of marginalization and gender
theme was “Securing Common Ground for Rwenzori Region Development”.