The district estimated collections worth 376 million Shillings in the financial year 2019-2020, with quarterly allocations of 94 million Shillings. However, only 72 million Shillings was realized in the first quarter of the year, creating a shortfall of 22 million Shillings.
The low amount of revenue
collection in Kaberamaido district has upset councillors.
The district estimated
collections worth 376 million Shillings in the financial year 2019-2020, with quarterly
allocations of 94 million Shillings. However, only 72 million Shillings was realized
in the first quarter of the year, creating a shortfall of 22 million Shillings.
The trend became increasingly
worrying in the second quarter of the financial year, with sub-counties
recording no collections since October, according to the Deputy Chief
Administrative Officer, Luke Jackson Abong Abwangamoi.
As a result, councillors and a number of district officials have
gone without allowances and facilitation, while service providers were also
unable to operate effectively because of unpaid deliveries. Robert Etwalu, the
District Council Speaker says councillors have not been paid their allowances
for committee and council meetings for several months.
Damali Ajibo, the District Councilor
representing Ochero Sub County blames the shortfalls on mismanagement of local
revenue by collectors and under declaration of revenues collected from the sub-counties. She adds that in some instances, revenue collection has been
personalized, as officers issue their own receipts for monies collected.
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Fredrick Oboi, the councillor
representing Kobulubulu Sub County where only 350,000 Shillings has been
realized since the beginning of the financial year, wants revenue officials
investigated. Oboi says that he witnessed just one lorry truck with charcoal
issued a receipt of 100,000 Shillings, something he notes is weird considering
the amount of business activity in the area.
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Abwangamoi, in his response
suspects connivance between revenue officials and sub-county leadership, to illegally
spend money at source. He explained that the new guidelines in the management
of local revenue weren’t welcomed by local government officials.
In the new financial management
guidelines, all local revenue is collected and sent to the Bank of Uganda. Then, the
Ministry of Finance advances local governments quarterly releases depending on
their local revenue estimates to facilitate various activities by the
districts. But the advance may not be sent to the district if 100 per cent
quarterly submissions are not made to the Central Bank.