According to CSBAG, understaffing and failure to fill critical positions in Local Governments such as heads of Departments are one of the major factors hindering quality and timely service delivery.
Finance Minister Matia Kasaija arrives at Parliament ahead of the budget speech.
Society Budget Advocacy Group (CSBAG) has appealed to the Ministry of Finance
to allocate adequate funds for wages to enable Local Governments to recruit
and fill vacant positions.
According to CSBAG, understaffing and failure to fill critical positions in
Local Governments such as heads of Departments are one of the major factors
hindering quality and timely service delivery.
Patrick Rubangakene, an economist at CSBAG told Parliament’s committee on
Public Service and Local Government, that as of September 2022, the
status of filled positions for the critical Head of Departments positions
in district Local Governments stood at 60 percent and 62 percent in the Municipal
Councils on average.
"These further increases challenges relating to the functionality of
District Service Commissions, delays in disbursement of funds for
recruitment, and centralized recruitment of secondary teachers," he
Rubangakene was presenting the CSBAG position paper on regional development in
response to the proposed National Budget Framework Paper for the next financial
CSBAG recommended that the Ministry of Finance and that of Public Service need
to provide an adequate wage ceiling to enable Local Governments to recruit. They also
recommended that the Ministry of Education should consider decentralizing
recruitment of secondary teachers to Local Governments, as this will enable
them timely recruit and post them.
CSBAG also questioned delays in the rationalization of government agencies
as a measure to reduce high public expenditures and duplication of
functions by Ministries, Departments, and Agencies.
In 2018, the government undertook a reform to rationalize its agencies and public
expenditure with a view of eliminating structure ambiguities, functional
duplications and overlaps, wasteful expenditures, and realizing savings that
could be used to facilitate other critical public services.
To date, only the Ministry of Science and Technology has been dissolved while
the Rural Electrification Agency has been transferred to the Ministry of Energy
and Mineral Development.
According to the cabinet decision, the government is supposed to merge and transfer
the functions of 77 agencies.
parliament to request the Ministry of Public Service for their strategy to
fast-track the rationalization process.
The committee said that CSBAG proposals will help address gaps in the budget
estimates for Local Governments.
Godfrey Onzima, the committee chairperson also
asked the budget advocacy group to sensitize the public on their right to
demand good service delivery and accountability.