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Low Staffing Hampering Service Delivery in Bududa

Moses Siisa, the Bumayoka Sub County LC III Chairperson, says he has no substantive parish chief in the entire sub county yet they perform a lot of duties. He says most of the parish chiefs in his area have been acting for the last 10 years, which affects service delivery.

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Inadequate staffing has been cited as the major hindrance to service delivery in most sub counties in Bududa district. There are 28 sub counties in Bududa district, but only 16 of these are funded by government through grants.

 

Each sub county is expected to have at least 20 workers. But currently, most of the sub counties in Bududa district have less than 5 workers on the government payroll.

Benjamin Kimaswa, the Nakatsi Sub county LC V councilor, says there is need for the district to recruit more staff to fill up the vacant staff. Alex Makuyi, the Bududa District Youth Chairperson, says the poor staffing level has forced the available workers to serve two positions. 

These include the positions of Community Development Officer-CDO, Chiefs, Accountants, Veterinary and Agriculture staff among others. He says the district is grappling with service delivery because the available workers can’t deliver to the expectation of residents since they have a number of tasks to perform.  

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Moses Siisa, the Bumayoka Sub County LC III Chairperson, says he has no substantive parish chief in the entire sub county yet they perform a lot of duties. He says most of the parish chiefs in his area have been acting for the last 10 years, which affects service delivery.

Godfrey Lumbuku, the Bumasheti Sub county LC III Chairperson also decries the low staffing level in his sub county, saying they recently lost an assistant Veterinary Officer who hasn’t replaced yet farmers need advice.  

Tappy Namulondo, the Bududa District Chief Administrative Officer confirmed the low staffing levels and attributed the problem to low funding from the central government. According to Namulondo, Bududa receives about Shillings 1 billion each quarter, which largely goes to the payment of the available staff.  

She says there is need for the district to generate local income to supplement on central government funding. Asked what she has done to improve on the funding, Namulondo said she has several written to the central government and is still waiting for response.

Wilson Watira, the Bududa LC V Chairperson also acknowledges the low staffing levels in the district. He asks area members of parliament to advocate for the increment of the wage bill to enable them recruit more staff.  He said they are currently hand cuffed and can’t do much to recruit more staff since they don’t have money to pay them. 

John Baptist Nambeshe, the Manjiya County MP has pledged to advocate for the raise in the wage bill, saying Bududa is lagging behind.  He says Bududa is faced with many challenges that haven’t been addressed because their voices are not heard by government. 

The Bududa District Principal Human Resource Officer, Michael Matsyetsye, says there are less than 20 substantive parish chiefs out of the required 89.      

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