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Kaberamaido District Councilors Question Poor Revenue Collection, Management

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.
Fredrick Oboi, the leader of government business submitting on revenue in Kaberamaido district council.

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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.  

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