According to the minister, local leaders and parliamentarians should instead be focusing on creation of economic zones in the already existing structures to boost local economies hence increased local revenue tax collections.
The Minister of Local Government Rapheal Magyezi is
calling for the end of the creation of new administrative structures, saying
they have broadened the funding gaps of lower Local Governments.
the minister, local leaders and parliamentarians should instead be focusing
on creation of economic zones in the already existing structures to boost local
economies, hence increased local revenue tax collections.
The minister said this on Friday while addressing local leaders in
Rwenzori Region at the Mountains of the moon university in Fort portal.
Minister Magyezi said time has come to change the orientation where
leaders must shift from being seen and seeing their structures as local
administration units to local economic development units by facilitating
development and providing a necessary environment for the private sector
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Sarah Ayesiga from Masindi District said local
governments are still a step away from enabling development since most of the
money they collect locally is remitted to the Central Government, hence
leaving funding gaps.
She pointed out the need for local government to
depend on revenues they collect from their own localities.
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Richard Rwabuhinga, the chairperson Kabarole District
local government says government must support local government initiatives that
are aimed at increasing the local tax base. The chairperson also demands that the central government should allow local governments utilize their own revenues.
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The minister in response agreed with the need to release the resources to the lowest
administrative units to effect change through their own
planning based on their local needs. He also considered the need for
increased budget allocation for local governments.
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Uganda is divided into over 140 districts with
administrative structures that include, among others, a Chief Administrative
Officer and a Resident District Commissioner.