David Emokol, the Pingire Sub County LC V councilor, says that there seems to be a sinister motive behind the failure to provide the required documents. He says that the absence of supporting documents is frustrating.
Serere district council is struggling to conduct business due to the absence of copies of the rules of procedure. The rules of procedure are extracted from the
Uganda Local Government Act, Cap 243, which provides guidance on council
The Standard Rules of
Procedure for Local Government Councils also ensures orderly, effective and
efficient Local Government council meetings among others. But the majority of councilors in Serere district are operating based on prior experiences and mini-training offered by
They neither have Council Rules of Procedure nor the Local Government
Act to guide their deliberations. Apparently, the new council members depend on a few older
members of the council who recieved the documents in the previous
David Emokol, the Pingire Sub County LC V councilor, says that there
seems to be a sinister motive behind the failure to provide the required
documents. He says that the absence of supporting documents is frustrating.
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Innocent Emmanuel Emaju, the Serere Town Council
representative, says that they have pleaded for the provision of the Standard Rules of Procedure
and the Local Government Act since they assumed offices but to no avail. According
to Emaju, they are gambling in council because they don’t have the
required tools to support their deliberations.
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Stephen Ochola, the Serere District LC V Chairperson, says that he is
equally concerned with the issue of councilors deliberating without rules of
procedure and Local Government Act. He, however, notes that they have
prioritize availing council members with the required documents in the first
quarter of the next financial year.
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During council business, councilors are seen struggling with
points of order, information and others as they try to raise issues.
Gabriel Atama, the Serere Chief Administrative Officer, says that much as
they have not provided the hard copies, councilors can access the content
online from the Ministry of Local Government.
He adds that the training and induction of the councilors
was affected by COVID-19.