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Soroti District Leaders Decry Revenue Decline :: Uganda Radionetwork

Soroti District Leaders Decry Revenue Decline

Herbert Obaale, acting District Communications officer, Soroti says the revenue sources in Soroti have continued declining.
28 Sep 2019 11:58
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District leaders in Soroti have decried the constant decline of revenue sources.

Herbert Obaale, acting Communications officer of Soroti District says there is a big problem now that the revenue sources have continued declining. He noted that the district is struggling to raise local revenue.    

He says the local revenue  sources were limited and the district is relying on Arapai Market as the major source of revenue.    

Obaale told URN that that the revenue collected from the markets from the seven sub counties is shared between the district and the sub county. The the sub counties retain 65%, while 35% is remitted to the district from the revenue collected.      

He cited that some people operate businesses of less than 100,000 shillings and that means that the revenue collected will be really small.        

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Margret Amongin, a district Councilor representing Western and Eastern Divisions who also doubles as Secretary Finance noted that the district has a big challenge on issues of revenue.

Amongin noted that the district is trying to identify new revenue sources. She said that the council has decided that they start collecting revenue from the newly constructed factories in Soroti and from those doing sand mining business.

The district budget for the financial year 2019/2020 was estimated at 33 billion, while the budget for 2018/2019 was about 27 billion shillings.

Simon Peter Edoru, the vice chairperson stated that the district collects below 20 % of the total budget. He noted that over 90% of the funds spent at the district come from the Central government. He stated that the creation of districts curved from Soroti had led to decline of revenue.

Edoru explained that when Kaberamaido was curved from Soroti, the district lost Otuboi market, Ochero Market and Okile landing site. he also made it clear that when Serere was curved from Soroti they lost Kagwara port, Kasilo Market, Ocapa and Olio markets.

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Soroti has seven rural old sub counties and three divisions.  Calvin Elenyu, the district councilor representing Asuret Sub County notes that collection of revenue is tricky because they were not up dated on how the revenue was collected at the district.

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Henry Ddamba, Soroti Chief Administrative officer says the district will put in place strategies to ensure that they collect what they had planned. Ddamba said some of the strategies the district was going to put into place is regular registration of revenue sources.    

He also said the district  was to evaluate and improve on revenue collection methods.  Ddamba also said the district is to review to ensure that the get collectors who are able to collect what was planned.  

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URN also learnt that the district had not paid councilor’s allowance for four months. But Edoru, the district vice chairperson said they have the money to pay, but attributed the delay on a challenge with the system where they do not spend money at source.

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