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Low Revenue Collection Affecting Service Delivery in Karamoja

Isaiah Tumwesigye, the Town Clerk Moroto Municipality says part of the problem is caused by the absence of law enforcement officers. He says that the Municipality operates with one enforcement officer which affects operations against revenue defaulters.
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Low revenue collection in Karamoja sub-region has affected service delivery. Most of the districts and municipalities in Karamoja heavily rely on central government releases and donor funding.

In Moroto Municipal Council only 180 million shillings was collected as local revenue against an expected 676 Million Shillings.

Low revenue collection has affected garbage collection, management of street lights and allowances of councillors. 

Isaiah Tumwesigye, the Town Clerk Moroto Municipality says part of the problem is caused by the absence of law enforcement officers. He says that the Municipality operates with one enforcement officer which affects operations against revenue defaulters.

In the 2017/2018 Auditor General’s Report, 180 million shillings revenue was collected, but only 142 million shillings was banked leaving a balance of 37 million shillings.  

“The funds were utilized at source and not accounted for.  It was, therefore, difficult to verify whether funds were utilized for planned activities”, part of the report reads.

In his observations, Auditor General, John Muwanga notes that under collection of local revenue adversely affected service delivery.  He also advised the Accounting Officer to initiate measures to ensure that all budgeted Local revenue is collected.

In Abim district only 90 million shillings was collected against the expected 207 million shillings while Amudat district, which has the least local revenue budget of 54 million shillings realized only 28 million shillings. 

Kotido district had a shortfall 24 million shillings out of the expected 181 million shillings while Kotido Municipality had a shortfall of 131 million shillings from the expected 566 million shillings.

Napak failed to realize 55 million shillings of the budgeted 220 million shillings.

District accounting officers in Karamoja region attribute under local revenue to high poverty levels amongst the local community resulting in limited taxable activities.

Karamoja has the highest poverty levels, measuring over 60% across the country, according to 2016 statistics from Uganda Bureau of Statistics-UBOS.

In Kotido and Moroto, livestock quarantine was imposed by the Ministry Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries; a development that has affected revenue collection. Like the rest of Karamoja, cattle trade is the major source of income. 

In a bid to boost local revenue collection, Moroto Municipality introduced new taxes at the beginning of the new financial year but nothing has improved.

Market vendors from both Moroto and Kotido have been battling with revenue collectors on ground that they are double taxed.

  

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