According to the second budget circular, the Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development has allocated KCCA Shillings 341.34 billion, which is less than the Shillings 405 billion it had been allocated in the first budget call circular.
Mayor, Erias Lukwago and city Councilors are protesting the low budget
allocation to Kampala Capital City Authority-KCCA. According to the second
budget circular, the Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development has
allocated KCCA Shillings 341.34
billion, which is less than
the Shillings 405 billion it had been allocated in the first budget call
The current KCCA budget is Shillings 547 billion, which
means that the allocation for the next financial year is less than Shillings
206 billion. The budget is also less compared to the amount needed yearly for
KCCA to ably implement its five years Strategic Plan. The Plan launched last
year is over Shillings seven trillion and would hence require a minimum of
Shillings 1.4 trillion annually.
Presenting the budget to the authority council on Friday,
the Lord Mayor, Erias Lukwago criticised the government for allocating meagre
funds to KCCA despite the fact that more than 60 percent of Uganda's Gross
Domestic Revenue comes from Kampala. Lukwago says when the first Budget call
circular was issued, they protested the allocations but were told that the
COVID 19 pandemic had affected the economy, hence the allocation.
But to his dismay, even what had been allocated during the
first call circular has been cut. Lukwago who described the budget allocations as
recurring rather than developmental also wondered why the National budget keeps
growing while that of KCCA shrinks.
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KCCA's budget doesn't cater for key items like the implementation of the
drainage master plan, which requires Shillings 739 billion and salaries of political
leaders. The budget for emoluments for Political leaders has remained at Shillings
15 billion yet an extra twenty Councilors are expected to be sworn into the
next council in May.
The Lubaga South Councillor Ismail Ddamba says Kampala
cannot be transformed into a resilient and sustainable city with such meagre
funding. He says the Vision of KCCA isn't in tandem with the Budget
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The Lubaga South Woman Councilor Faridah Nakabugo asked the Executive Director
to employ persuasive methods to get more money from the government. Nakabugo
says it is self-defeating for an Authority that wants to develop to fail to
finance even the most obvious items like salaries of political leaders.
It should be noted that since the office of the Speaker and
Deputy Speaker were established last year, the officials and their support
staff have not been paid. Although the
money was passed and a supplementary budget submitted, the money has never been
The attorney general later advised that the officials don't
qualify for a salary because they are already paid as councillors. But, Nakabugo
says if it means reducing costs, KCCA should reallocate money for travels and
donations to unfunded priorities like salaries of political leaders.
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Councilor Happy Nasasira from Nakawa also castigated the government for failure
to plan for several priorities especially councillors elect.
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The Executive Director KCCA, Dorothy Kisaka says they are engaging with the Central
government to raise their budget. Shortly after joining KCCA, she asked
the government to allocate at least 10 percent of the national budget to the
Kisaka says that she had raised the issue of the political leaders with
the Ministry of Kampala and Metropolitan Affairs and Finance and is optimistic
that the funds shall be availed.
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The Budget was later passed with Amendments.