Kisaka wants the allocation to the authority raised to at least sh 4 trillion or 10% of the national budget, arguing that the authority plans and caters for about 4.3 million people who work or reside in Kampala.
The ministry of local government is proposing local revenue
authorities for local governments, hoping that this will enable districts and
cities to raise the revenues they need to sustain their budgets.
Currently, the districts are limited on how much taxes they
can establish and most of them rely more on the disbursements by the central
government through the ministry of finance, planning and economic development.
There are currently 135 districts and 10 cities, but there
are also queries as to how far the cities can sustain their activities, while
the districts are in an even a much weaker position.
The lowest level planning authority is the town council and
The government has been under sustained criticism over the
creation of too many districts and yet some of them are deemed too poor to sustain
themselves on top of the statutory government grants they get annually.
Kampala gets the 'biggest' share of the local governments from the national budget, and its annual allocation is only 400
billion shillings - which is less than one percent of the national budget.
However, the Executive Director, Kampala Capital City
Authority, Dorothy Kisaka says this is too little considering the amount of
work that the authority does, on top of the activities at its five municipal
Kisaka voiced the request at the Economic Makutano 2020, a national economic
policy meeting that happens annually and this year’s theme was: Financing Local
Government Development Plans to Achieve NDP III and the SGDs.
The authority is planning to spend 7 trillion shillings over the
next five years in a strategic development plan, which has been described as
too ambitious, but the authority is sure they will meet at least part of the
Kisaka wants the allocation to the authority raised to at
least 4 trillion shillings or 10% of the national budget, arguing that the authority
plans and caters for about 4.3 million people who work or reside in Kampala.
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The Minister for Kampala and Metropolitan Affairs, Betty
Amongi, agrees that that Kampala’s burden is bigger than what the government
allocates to it, considering that it accounts for two thirds of the value of
Amongi says the five-year strategic development will partly be self-financing,
through projects like the proposed city bus system, the conversion of garbage into
electricity, which will be initially funded under public private partnerships.
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Under a decentralized system, the local governments are
supposed to be semi-autonomous regarding most of their activities, including
revenue collections and expenditure.
The Head of the United Nations Capital Development Fund in
Uganda, Dmitry Pozhidaev called for amendments in the laws governing the local
governments, because the current laws curtail the ability of districts to
manage their own financial matters, which is a hindrance to their development.
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Speaking at the Economic Mkutano, Eng. Paul Kasule, the
Coordinator, Program Support Team at the Ministry of Local Government, said
districts and cities are capable of having revue authorities based on the
Uganda Revenue Authority model, and this will enable districts raise more
revenues and manage them better.
He however decried the little funding that the local
government sector as a whole is given in the annual budget.
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