Edward Kiwanuka, the City Town Clerk disclosed that part of the money will be used for the development of Gulu City master plan, expand, maintain and open new roads in 12 parishes annexed to the city from the neighbouring Omoro District.
This subject came up this morning as key Anti-corruption stakeholders; Action Aid, Anti-Corruption Coalition Uganda, Transparency International and Government’s Ethics and Integrity Ministry, launched the 6th Anti-Corruption Caravan in Kampala.
The motion to carve out of Budyebo district from Nakasongola district was tabled by Bernard Kamoga the Secretary of Health and Education before district council. He asked the councillors to approve the new district to improve service delivery and attract more jobs.
According to Local Government Act, the conditions for creation of municipality include the capacity to meet the cost of service delivery and office accommodation, existence of a physical development plan for land use, reliable water sources and reasonable financial base.
According to information from district, government has cut its budget from Shillings 72.9billion in the current financial year to Shillings 64 billion in the coming financial year. Only 16 percent of the total Budget will be available for development expenditure as 52.2 percent is for salaries and percentage is for none wages.
One of the staff at the office who preferred anonymity to be able to speak freely about the matter says that the production rates dropped after the operation by the State House Anti-corruption Monitoring Unit. The staff member says that a number of their colleagues were transferred, others willingly quit and the new appointees have also not turned up.
Wakiso District Community Development Officer John Kyejjusa notes that the district leadership has resolved to throw out all organizations that do not have updated Memorandum of Understanding, those whose work is not aligned with the district work plans and those that have not submitted quarterly and annual reports to the district.
The bickering started last year when Bakitte fell out with some members of the municipal executive committee including Isaac Ssali, and Kuraish Ntale Kalema, the deputy mayor and secretary for production respectively.
Kikuube became operational on July 1, 2018, after being curved out of Hoima district. Four councillors from Kikuube last year wrote to the Electoral Commission opposing the creation of an interim government. The interim government was supposed to be comprised of the district LC5 chairman, speaker and executive.
Despite being located about 10 kilometres from Entebbe town, and within the spectacle of Entebbe international airport, Bussi remains secluded and visibly detached from the rest of the District. It has poor physical infrastructure and no definite means of transport.
Peter Clever Mutuluza, the Mpigi LC V Chairperson, says they are left with no option but to find money and clear the debt. He is however saddened by the fact that his leadership has to pay from the wrong decisions made by the previous leaders.
Peter Abach, the Karamoja Regional Representative for LC3s in the Uganda Local Government Association, ULGA says that some chairpersons remain home due to lack of transport for monitoring government programmes.