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Kyotera Councilors Reject District Budget

The councillors disrupted a session convened by the speaker for the approval of a 24.67 billion Shillings budget upon realizing that some priority items had been omitted from the budget framework paper.

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Councillors in the newly created Kyotera district have declined to approve budget estimates for the 2019/20 financial year, protesting the omission of funds to cater for the construction of the district headquarters.  

The councillors disrupted a session convened by the speaker for the approval of a 24.67 billion Shillings budget upon realizing that some priority items had been omitted from the budget framework paper.  

Kakuuto Sub County representative Agnes Namusiitwa led her fellow councillors into a protest that compelled the district Chief Finance Officer James Nsamba to withdrawal the presented budget framework paper. Namusiitwa said figures in the budget had been doctored.  

According to Namusiitwa, the district council had considered allocating 500 million Shillings towards the completion of the halfway constructed district headquarters at Kasaali. However, to their disappointment, the money had instead been diverted to roadside markets which she says are of less relevance at the moment.  

She argued that the budget had created a lot of unbearable imbalances in service delivery, indicating that majority of central government’s directly funded projects and Capital Developments had concentrated in Kyotera County at the expense of the communities in Kakuuto County which is still underserved.  

  //Cue in; “waliwo abantu……   Cue out……kiddewo nga bwekayali.”//  

Kyotera District Speaker Peter Ssasira suspended the sitting after a series of disagreements and ruled that the budget be taken back to the Finance Committee and district Executive for review. 

Ssasira regretted the growing misunderstanding between individual political leaders and department heads who he says are frustrating service delivery.  

//Cue in: “nze ogwange era…. .Cue out; ….. mu mazima n’obwenkanya.’’//  

But Kyotera LCV chairperson Patrick Kintu Kisekulo says the mix-up of the district’s priorities is a creation of the Ministry of Finance, the biggest funder of the district budget. In the meantime, Kisekulo says he going to write to the Ministry of Finance seeking to harmonize positions of the allocated funds.  

//Cue in; “batutegeeza nti……   Cue out…..kuddamu twetegereze.”//  

Kyotera district local government was begun operation in July 2017, after it was split from the traditional Rakai district.