Kasese municipality has recorded an increase in local revenue
collection over a period of ten years. While the district collected 650
million Shillings in 2011, the figure has since jumped to 1.2 billion
Shillings by 2019, before taking a dive in 2020, as the COVID-19
pandemic paralysed the country.
Godfrey Kabyanga, the outgoing
municipality mayor attributes the increase to the improved revenue base including markets, the taxi park, ground
rent, royalties and local service tax.
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Kabyanga says improved
revenue collection has helped the municipality to start the construction of
an administration block, improve town beautification, management of garbage
and payment of administration costs.
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Herbert Bwambale, a
councillor representing Rukoki Ward says the elevation of Kasese from a
town council to a municipality meant improved government financing on social
services that have in turn attracted investors and other local business persons.
Baluku adds that programs
such as the Uganda Support to Municipality
Infrastructure Development- USMID project have also improved infrastructure in the town
and guided leaders on how to generate revenues and strengthen financial management.
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Bwambale, a hawker in town says
that the new look of the town with improved structures and social amenities
including electricity has attracted more people. These
have put up small businesses including food vending that are charged a daily operation
fee, he says.
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Jovia Kyakimwa, a local trader in Kamaiba cell wants all the major roads upgraded and interlinked.
She is also concerned about the poor waste management in the town despite increased revenue collections.