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Soroti Leaders Decry Low Revenue Collection :: Uganda Radionetwork
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Soroti Leaders Decry Low Revenue Collection

During 2016/2017 financial year, the district realised about 200 million shillings which was way below the projected figure of 500 million shillings.

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Soroti district is struggling to expand their revenue source which has crippled financing of various activities.

Low revenue collection has crippled implementation of various infrastructural developments including the construction of district administrative units, and other offices at the district headquarters.

It has also resulted into poor financial facilitation of some district leaders including councillors and facilitating office of the district council speaker among others.

During 2016/2017 financial year, the district realised about 200 million shillings which was way below the projected figure of 500 million shillings.

Moses Chuna Kapolon, Soroti district deputy Chief Administrative Officer says their revenue sources dwindled partly because of the creation of Kaberamaido district in 2001 and Serere district in 2010.

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Chuna says the district has formed a revenue committee to help identify potential revenue sources. The committee is supervised by the Chief Administrative officer.

He says the district shall soon begin renting out some property including houses for private use and charging private schools local service tax among other already identified revenue sources.

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Currently the Arapai Grade A market is the biggest revenue source for the district. Henry Odieny, vice chairperson of Arapai Sub County, says they have also been able to create other revenue sources including Dakabela cattle market, and intensified collection of trading licenses from traders.

Odieny says as a result of insufficient revenue collection, many community roads have remained in terrible state.

Samuel Akol a resident of Arapai trading centre demanded for effective service delivery since they are now paying taxes.

Akol claimed major community roads are currently full of potholes which have rendered it difficult to access markets for their produces.

Just like other districts, Soroti is financed by Conditional and Unconditional grants from Central Government, donor funds and locally generated revenue from taxes, fees, licenses and market charges.

The June 2015 Auditor General's report indicates that the district received grants totalling to 19.7 billion from the Central Government; 129 million from donor funds and 564 million Shillings from locally generated revenues. The district realised total revenue of 20.4 billion Shillings, constituting 93.2% of its approved budget estimates of 21.9 billion Shillings. 

In another report for the year ending December 30, 2016, the Auditor General notes reveals significant under collection of local revenue in 161 Local Councils amounting to over 17.1 billion Shillings. This, according to the auditor general, is attributed to failure to carry out revenue enumeration and assessments, non-enforcement of contracts with private revenue collectors, under-staffing and incomplete revenue records. 

 

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