Village council chairpersons in Rakai district have expressed reservations on the channels used by the government to implement various projects designed to transform communities.
Districts and Sub County local governments have remained the first point of contact for the implementation of community-based programmes by Government Ministries Departments and Agencies.
However, village chairpersons in Rakai district contend that the model has proved ineffective, preferring that government adopts the village approach for tangible results.
Yorokamu Gakyalo, the Chairperson of Kiyumbakimu village in Dwaniro Sub County says many government projects do not reach the intended beneficiaries in villages across the district.
According to him, projects such as Operation Wealth Creation, Youth Livelihood Fund, farming implements channelled through the National Agricultural Advisory Development Services-NAADs are helping technocrats and political leaders at the sub-counties and districts levels.
Gakyalo demands that the government further trickles the services down to village and parish councils. He argues that many village council leaders in the area can hardly account for beneficiaries of government projects in their jurisdiction.
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Gakyalo accused the leadership at the Sub County and district levels of deliberately maintaining a poor information flow between them and the village council leadership hence locking them out of the service delivery system.
He proposes that the government makes it a policy for the village’s leaders to be part of the project implementation taskforces in the respective areas, for purposes of ensuring effectiveness.
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Emmanuel Kakooko, the chairperson of Kiringira village also argues that leaders in the higher local governments are deliberately excluding lower councils from services. He has asked the government to formulate an all-inclusive policy that makes all leadership units relevant to the governance of their areas.
Magdalene Nassolo, the chairperson of Kalwaazi A village also proposes that the government establishes a reporting mechanism that begins right from the village levels upwards. She says the approach will aide effective implementation of its projects and in the tracking of accountability.
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But Charles Mubiru, the Rakia Resident District Commissioner said that the government is aware of the challenges and devising means of addressing the loopholes in the implementation of its programmes.
Mubiru made reference to a recent resolution by the Central Executive Committee of the National Resistance Movement-NRM party, to begin using parishes for the transformation of the economy.