This is because since the introduction of five town councils of Bududa, Bushigayi Nangako, Kikholo, and Kuushu which are semi-autonomous, revenue from their markets is now retained to run their town activities.
Low local revenue has affected Bududa
council sittings and other activities.
This is because of the introduction of five
town councils of Bududa, Bushigayi Nangako, Kikholo, and Kuushu, which had markets
where the district would collect revenue. Since these administrative unities are
semi-autonomous, revenue from their markets is now retained to run their town
According to Samson Natsambwa the assistant
Chief Administrative officer Bududa , currently the district collects less
than 100 million Shiling as compared to over 200 million it used to collect since
2018/19 financial year up to date.
This means town councils have taken away
over 100 million which would equally help in supporting the council sittings.He added that this has not only affected
council sittings but some other activities in different departments that
planned on local revenue have also failed to be implemented.
According to finance and accounting regulations in
the local government, 20% of the local revenue collected by the district is
supposed to facilitate council sittings.
Geoffrey Natubu the Bududa district Speaker
said by this time they were supposed to have had four council sittings which is
not the case. But, he said, they have had only one council
siting pending that of laying the district budget and approving it which is a
must but they don’t have money for the councilors to sit.
He said there must be at least a council
sitting after every two months making six in a financial year.
He added it is hard for Bududa district to
realize the mandatory 30 council sittings in five years given the resource
Yonasan Bululu, the Bududa district Vice
Chairman who is also the leader of government business, said they are looking
at the CAO to borrow some money from other votes to facilitate the councilors
so that they can lay and approve the budget, being the must district activity by
councilors. Bududa district has a total of 35 district