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KCCA Asks MPs to Intervene on Budget Cuts

While presenting the Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) Ministerial Policy Statement for the next financial year 2022/2023 Wednesday, Kyofatogabye told the committee that the Authority had experienced persistent budget cuts for the last three financial years, which has impacted its activities.

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The Minister of State for Kampala and Metropolitan Affairs, Kabuye Kyofatogabye has asked the Presidential Affairs Committee of parliament to intervene in the continued budget cuts that have suffocated city operations.

While presenting the Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) Ministerial Policy Statement for the next financial year 2022/2023 Wednesday, Kyofatogabye told the committee that the Authority had experienced persistent budget cuts for the last three financial years, which has impacted its activities.

He said the budget cuts have largely affected human resources, administration and capital development among others.

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The Minister noted that the remuneration of councillors whose number increased from 258 to 464 after the implementation of new electoral reforms has been greatly affected after the 20 billion Shillings loss. Apparently, no budgetary allocation was made towards the facilitation of the councillors in the current financial year 2021/2022.

Kyofatogabye said that this remains one of the unfunded activities and KCCA seeks the intervention of the committee for the allocation of 17 billion Shillings. Out of this, 10.2 billion is to be spent on the remuneration of councillors while 6.7 billion Shillings is to be spent on allowances, furniture and others.

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The Minister says that before the number of councillors increased, KCCA had funds that could last them only 6 months. He added that the Authority has also submitted a supplementary budget request to help them pay the political leaders.

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In total, KCCA has been allocated a budget of 419 billion Shillings for the next financial year but the Authority wants it increased to Shillings 566 billion to cater for other unfunded activities, which is 60 billion for the implementation of the Kampala Integrated Waste Management Program.

The KCCA Amendment Act 2015, which established the positions of speaker and deputy speaker is silent on their facilitation and emoluments. Jessica Ababiku, the Committee Chairperson blamed the Minister for failing to table an amendment to the Act early enough. Abubaker Kawalya, the Shadow Minister for Kampala said that there could have been foul play to sideline the welfare of the political leaders at KCCA.

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Parliament recently recommended that the KCCA Act is amended to ensure that the Minister has powers to determine the emoluments of the political leaders.  The Minister said that they were in the final stages of processing the amendment to the KCCA Act and that the Certificate of Financial Implication has been received from the Minister of Finance.

Kyofatogabye who shouldered the blame on behalf of KCCA told the committee that the Authority is in the final stages of processing the amendment and has since received the Certificate of Financial implication.      

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