The State Minister for Local Government Jennifer Namuyangu says that the directive is unrealistic because some of the new units do not have any sources for local revenue.
Minister of state for local government hands over a certificate of appreciation to LG's leaders during a ULGA annual meeting in Kasese
The Ministry of Local Government has opposed the proposal by the
Ministry of Finance directing newly created administrative units to use their
locally generated revenue for operations.
The government created over 360 sub-counties and 350 town councils
across the country but many have remained non-functional due to a lack of
In the budget circular released by Finance Minister Matia Kasaija,
he directed that the ministry of local government must operationalize the new
units by using their local revenue sources.
However, the State Minister for Local Government Jennifer Namuyangu
says that the directive is unrealistic because some of the new units do not have
any sources for local revenue.
She says they plan to discuss the matter with the Ministry of
Finance on the matter.
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Last week the Local Government Minister, Raphael Magyezi said the
new sub-counties and Town Councils will get funding for their operations in the
2021/2022 financial year.
However, the minister was not clear on the source and amount of
money that will be provided to the units.
John Michael Okurut, the Pallisa LCV Chairperson, says they are
considering petitioning both the local government and finance ministry over the
failure to operationalize the new units.
He says parliament should not have approved the creation of new
administration units without a certificate of financial implication.
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Godfrey Bigogo Thembo, the Kasese LCV Chairperson says lack of
proper planning by relevant ministries is stifling the works of local governments.
Monday, Magyezi said that the government had indefinitely suspended the
creation of new administrative structures across the country.
argued that the new structures have widened the funding gaps of lower local
governments and the government is currently looking for money to fund the
recently created districts and cities.
Basaija is a graduate of Uganda Christian University (UCU-Mukono) holding a Bachelors Degree in Mass Communication.
He also boosts of numerous training's in communication studies.
Before joining URN, he had served as Documentation personnel, Field news reporter, Radio presenter and News Editor.
Basaija is a social critic and a young farmer.
He believes in writing for social change.
At URN Basaija is incharge of Bundibugyo, Bunyangabu and Kasese Districts.