Thirty two out of the seventy parishes in Kabale District operate without parish chiefs. Most of the parishes haven't had a parish chief for over three years.
The absence of parish chiefs hinders the implementation of key programs like local revenue collection.
Abert Matsiko Mutungwire, the Chief Administrative Officer Kabale District, says currently some of the parish chiefs handle more than one parish.
He says the shortage of parish chiefs has hampered the smooth operation of activities at the parish level.
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Fr. Gaetano Batanyenda, the Kitanga Parish Priest in Kashambya Sub County, says even the available Kitanga parish chief isn't qualified to hold the office.
Batanyenda says most of the government projects, which need supervision by the parish chiefs have been left to waste.
He accuses the district leadership of keeping silent on the issue of the parish chiefs, yet they play a vital role.
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Robert Kakuru Byamugisha, the Director Kick Corruption out of Uganda, a non-governmental organization that fights corruption, says the absence of parish chiefs affects development since they are charged with the responsibility of chairing village planning meetings.
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James Mugisha, the Acting Assistant Chief Administrative Officer Kabale district, says their hands are tied since they can't recruit new parish chiefs.