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Kadaga Calls for Review of Decentralization Policy

The Speaker also raised the concern of insufficient funding to Local Governments, which she said is one of their biggest challenges and affecting service delivery.
Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga with First Deputy Prime Minister Gen. Moses Ali.
The Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga has called for the review of the decentralization policy. 

The Speaker says that the decentralization policy in its current state promotes individualism. 

“I have been told that there are districts which do not advertise because the natives are still at university. So for those years, there are no services,” said Kadaga.

She was on Thursday officiating at the launch of the capacity development district local councils' project at Ridar Hotel in Seeta, Mukono district.

The Speaker also raised the concern of insufficient funding to Local Governments, which she said is one of their biggest challenges affecting service delivery.   

She noted that unlike previously when districts were able to raise funds through sources like markets, they have been incapacitated after the government took over management of markets.

“There are councils which cannot even sit because they have no capacity to pay councilors. There is also a disparity in pay in different districts, KCCA pays in millions while other councils cannot even raise Shillings 20,000 to pay councilors,” said Kadaga. 

First Deputy Prime Minister Gen. Moses Ali said that while the intention of the decentralization policy was good, there is need to review it because it has been in existence for 10 years and several gaps have been identified.  

He said that during the review, consideration will be made towards increasing funding to Local Governments. 

Moses Ali also agreed with Kadaga that decentralization has created problems in districts across the country. He said decentralization had contributed to the high levels of corruption among district officials. 

“We realized that funds which are sent for development are diverted by district officials. These officials own beautiful buildings and this is questionable because we know how much they earn,” said Ali. 

Meanwhile, the Chairman Uganda District Councils' Speakers Association, Moses Mukisa Max, called for a review of qualifications of district councilors.

“These councilors handle sensitive documents and it is important that they have the requisite qualifications. We propose that the minimum qualification should be an ordinary level certificate,” said Mukisa.

The decentralization policy was introduced in 1993, aimed at involving and empowering the local governments in decision-making, identifying their own problems, setting priorities and planning and ensuring better use of resources, and value for money.

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