V Chairpersons have blamed the government for their poor performance in the
just concluded local government elections. They accuse the government of
failing them in service delivery through the weak decentralization practice
that makes them mere supervisors of government projects.
that the current decentralization policy is crippling effective to the electorates
by the local governments. The policy requires the local governments to collect
local revenue and send it to the central government to determine, which amount to
send back for service delivery. They argue that most of them were voted out of
office because the electorate deemed them non-performers.
Over 120 LCV chairpersons lost their seats in the local government elections. Francis
Kibuuka Amooti, the Mubende LC V chairperson, says that it’s unfortunate that
local governments have been disempowered by the central government making them
He says currently the central government implements service
delivery programs, which has resulted in low output to the chagrin of the
communities. Kibuka says local leaders have paid a heavy price for the disservice
done by the government.
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John Kisoke Byamukama, the Kyegegwa LC V chairperson told URN that they collect
low revenue, which they pass to the government to decide how to spend it. He says
that quite often government delays implementing development programs, which rises
anger among the electorate.
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Titus Kisambira, the Jinja LC V chairperson says local budgets are controlled
and superimposed by the center making local governments mere watchdogs. He
says the government has often been slow to respond to local government needs yet
the electorate expects the local leaders to act or else they face the exit.
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John Michael Okurut, the outgoing Paliisa District chairperson is worried that
even when parliament has passed the creation of more administrative units, most
of them don’t even have resources for operation. The chairperson has
chosen to mobilize his colleagues to petition the government on the matter.
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Kabarole District Chairperson, Richard Rwabuhinga argues that the current
environment doesn’t favour them to perform as they should. He says a number
of leaders are now in partnerships with civil society organisations-CSOs so
that they can vividly be seen to perform.
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Sam Mulomi, who lost the Budaka LC V seat to Emmanuel Pajje, feels the district
chairpersons are unable to give proper accountability to the electorate when
most of the work is directed by the central government, which controls key
financial and technical resources.
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Wilson Watira, the Bududa LC V chairperson says there is a need for parliament to
propose reforms in the decentralization policy if districts are to deliver as
Swizin Mugema, the Commissioner in charge of local government development in
the Ministry of Local Government says there is a need for leaders to engage both
the ministry and parliament if any reforms are to be made to the