Mbale City has in the past struggled to collect local revenue. In the previous financial year, the council suffered a shortfall of more than two billion Shillings in local revenue collections. It collected 900 million shillings out of a projected 3.5 billion Shillings.
The State Minister for Economic Monitoring in the Office of President
Peter Ogwang has ordered a forensic audit in the Mbale City revenue collection for
the last four financial years.
Mbale City has in the past struggled to collect local revenue. In the previous
financial year, the council suffered a shortfall of more than two billion
Shillings in local revenue collections. It collected 900 million shillings out
of a projected 3.5 billion Shillings.
In 2017/2018 only 2 Billion Shillings was collected instead of the 3.9 billion
Meeting Mbale City leaders on Friday, Ogwang said that there is a lot of mess in Mbale City especially
in the management of local revenues. He questioned how the market which was
constructed by the central government at 26 Billion Shillings can generate 1
In 2017, the government commissioned the Mbale Central Market
which was constructed at shillings 26 billion.
The market has however had challenges of raising local revenue and there
have been wrangles between the vendors and market leadership over the provision
of utility services like water and electricity.
The market has also failed to conduct fresh elections after the
term of office of the current leaders expired years three years ago. Ogwang ordered
the Resident City Commissioner and the town clerk to hold fresh elections in
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He ordered the Chief Finance Officer of Mbale City Richard Mabala
to investigate the financial records about the then Mbale Municipality for the
last four financial years.
The Minister attributed the poor revenue collection to corrupt
The town Clerk Mbale City David Kyansanku says that the city is implementing
the online local revenue system which has helped them to increase the revenues.
“We are also working hard to make sure that all processes of revenue are
followed and banked, we have introduced the IRAS system, an online system which
manages money,” he said.
Kirinya Ayubu is the URN Bureau Chief of Elgon/Bukedi Sub Regions . He holds a Bachelors Degree in Mass Communication from Islamic University in Uganda and a Diploma in Computer Science and Information Technology from the same University.