The Kampala City Carnival is to cost Shillings 1.31billion, the Organizing Committee Chairperson, John Ddumba has told the City Authority Council. The three day carnival kicks off this Friday with a charity concert to raise money for the refurbishment of KCCA primary schools. KCCA manage s 79 primary schools on behalf of government.
The concert will be held at Kololo Independence grounds. The key performer at the concert is Tanzanian music star Diamond Platinumz. The charity concert will cost Shillings 417 million but only UGX 370 has been committed by sponsors. The city authority projects to collect Shillings 289 million that will go towards renovation of schools. The second event is a motor rally taking place on Saturday.
The motor rally will cost Shillings 170 million but only Shillings 95 million has been received from sponsors leaving a short fall of Shillings 75 million. The city authority anticipates collecting only Shillings 10 million in revenue from the rally. The festival will costs Shillings 723 million but only Shillings 509 has been received from the sponsors leaving a short fall of Shillings 214 million. The authority expects to collect Shillings 547million.
In total, the festival will cost Shillings 1.3bn but KCCA has only received Shillings 976 million from sponsors leaving a short fall of UGX 334 million. The Organizing Committee Chairperson, John Ddumba did not explain how the budget short fall will be funded. The festival is funded by the private sector, which in turn gets advertising space.
After last year's festival, the City Authority appointed a committee to look into its organization, which revealed that technical wing managed to raise 60 percent of the budgeted money. Kennedy Okello, the Nakawa II councilor who chaired the committee, said organisers never revealed how they funded the budget shortfall.
Another committee chaired again by Kennedy Okello was appointed last month to probe this year's city festival arrangements and make recommendations on how it can be managed. On funding, the committee recommended that the KCCA technical wing should interest central government in taking over or contributing towards festival and make it a national tourism event. It also called for timely audit of every festival before another cycle comes.
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Ddumba welcomed the committee recommendations on encouraging government and KCCA to inject money in the festival, arguing that it helps them to have control of the events because private sector funders attach strings to their money.
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Councilors cautioned against extravagancy that has been exhibited in the previous festivals such as hiring expensive cars or chopper for the Executive Director to fly around Kampala.