The move is in line with a resolution by the Uganda Local Government Association ULGA to petition Parliament for an amendment to the Local Government Act, to provide for minimum educational qualifications for persons seeking to contest as councillors at sub-counties and districts.
Nakaseke district council has passed a resolution supporting the introduction of minimum educational qualifications for councillors in local governments.
The move is in line with a resolution by the Uganda Local Government Association (ULGA) to petition Parliament for an amendment to the Local Government Act, to provide for minimum educational qualifications for persons seeking to contest as councillors at sub-counties and districts. The position is not tagged to any academic qualification presently.
ULGA tasked all district councils to discuss and approve the resolution before they jointly petition Parliament for the amendment. ULGA is optimistic that academic requirements will attract a person with the ability to read, interpret documents and deliberate on government policies.
The proposal was on Thursday presented to Nakaseke district council by Richard Mavuma, the district Vice Chairperson. It was supported by Benjamin Makanga, the District Councillor for Nakaseke Sub County who said that this will ease monitoring of government programmes when councillors can scrutinize documents and comprehend them.
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Johnson Kamuhangire, the District Councillor for People Living with Disabilities added that attracting educated councillors will strengthen accountability and development because they will be able to perform their duties from a learned perspective.
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Nakaseke District LCV Chairperson Ignatius Koomu highlights a communication gap between Councilors and technical teams at the district especially among those that are not conversant with the local dialect.
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The councillors also unanimously approved motions by ULGA seeking to petition Parliament to increase budget allocations to local governments from the current 12.9 percent to 38 percent.
Other motions were the increment of monthly remunerations to 15 million Shillings for the LCV chairman, 3.2 million Shillings for the vice chairperson, two million Shillings for the speaker and one million Shillings for district councillors among other local leaders.
But some residents led by Johnson Kasagga, a resident of Butalangu town said that education requirements could block potential but uneducated leaders.