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Local Government Minister Intervenes in Nansana Budget Wrangle

Nansana, like other municipalities, should have passed its budget by the end of May but it didn't due to the ongoing wrangles. The municipality, in Wakiso District, has over the past two months failed to pass the over 23 billion Shillings budget due to wrangles between the Executive and Councilors.
Minister Rapheal Magyezi after meeting Kira Municipality leaders on Wednessday. In the middle is Wakiso LC5 chairperson Matia Lwanga Bwanika

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Local Government Minister Raphael Magyezi has blasted Nansana Municipality leadership for failing to pass the 2020/2021 budget estimates.

Nansana, like other municipalities, should have passed its budget by the end of May but it didn't due to the ongoing wrangles. The municipality, in Wakiso District, has over the past two months failed to pass the over 23 billion Shillings budget due to wrangles between the Executive and Councilors.

The disagreement stems from the contention on whether a sum of 900 million Shillings from the budget, should be allocated to the purchase of a grader or the completion unfinished road works in the Municipality.  Whereas the Municipal Mayor Regina Bakitte and her team assert that the grader is vital for the municipality, the Councilors want the money to go towards the completion of unfinished works in ending financial year.

Magyezi, a former leader in the Uganda Local Government's Association says he is disappointed that Municipality like Nansana can fail to pass its budget on such a minor issue. The minister who was on a working visit to Kira Municipality said he has decided to take over Nansana budget issues to salvage the situation and end the standoff.

He said the ministry will, therefore, consider and approve Nansana's budget before the approval of the national budget. Magyezi expressed disappointment that Nansana Municipal Council had declined to heed to the technical guidance from the Local Government Finance Commission and the Ministry's technocrats.

//Cue in; bali mukwekwasa...

Cue out... bafunye obuweereza.”//

Raphael Magyezi's intervention follows a longstanding disagreement involving the Mayor Regina Bakitte members of the Executive committee and Councilors led by the speaker Moses Kalule Kalungi over the purchase of a grader.