The Kasese Municipality Council has unanimously agreed to reduce the
councillors’ emoluments for the financial year 2021/2022.
The council also resolved to cut down on the emoluments of the
council’s speaker, the mayor and their deputies.
Kasese municipal council will have more than 40 councillors for
the next five years. This decision is a result of the low revenue collection
that was generated in this financial year 2020/2021.
The outgoing Mayor Godfrey Kabyanga says they have for far
collected around 400 Million Shillings from the estimated 1.3 billion
According to local government guidelines, the administrative unit
can only spend 20% of the previous financial year collections of local revenue
The councillors in financial 2021/22 will now get 120, 000 Shillings
instead of 150,000 Shillings.
Sebastian Tumusiime the chairperson of finance, planning and administration
says that took the resolution due to the reduced revenue collections caused by
the covid-19 lockdown.
He says the council’s largest tax bases including Rwenzori Square
that is hired for concerts and public meetings, hotels, liquor license and
market dues have not contributed to the council’s coffers.
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Tumusiime also says they have recorded high tax evasion rates in
this financial year which has further affected the municipality’s financial
basket. He says the councillors emoluments will only be increased depending on
the revenue collections.
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Herbert Bwambale the councillor representing Rukoki Ward says they have
accepted the decision after witnessing a shortfall in revenue collections in
this ending financial year.
However, Baluku argues that with increasing community demands from
leaders, they will toil through the financial year.
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The leader of opposition in the municipal council Alfred Ikwera
says they responded following the local government Act which suggests that
council activities can only be conducted using only 20% of the local
He says it’s now the role of the councillors to sensitize people
to pay tax and defy more revenue sources.
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But Kabyanga is optimistic that this could change with the
operationalization of the new market, tax park collections among other