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.
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
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
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
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.
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