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Wakiso District to Set Up Business Arm

The district business arm dubbed; Wakiso District Development Cooperation will have a private entity separately managed but owned by Wakiso District Local Government and willing semi-autonomous administrative units like municipalities and town councils.

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Wakiso district is in the final stages of starting a business arm to increase local revenue, promote development and create more job opportunities.   

The district business arm dubbed; Wakiso District Development Cooperation will have a private entity separately managed but owned by Wakiso District Local Government and willing semi-autonomous administrative units like municipalities and town councils.     

Wakiso District Commercial Officer Moses Malaba argues that although the local government is mandated to ensure wealth creation, the creation of employment and development, they cannot achieve any of the goals under the current structures.    

Malaba observes that to bridge the gap, the government, through the Local Economic Development-LED initiative, vision 2020, and the decentralization policy allows local governments to establish systems which can aid them to handle business as other private entities. 

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The LED policy, adopted by the Ministry of Local Government in 2014, creates a development model that allows local governments, the private sector and the community to jointly engage in identification, mobilization, management and initialization of resources at the local level.   

Several local governments have applied the policy by setting up Local Economic Investment Committees whose main role is to identify and market local opportunities to investors from within and outside Uganda, among other avenues.  

Malaba observes that with reduced funding from the Central Government, and the rising population of Wakiso district, among other factors, they have found it better to create other means of generating revenue without straining the residents.  

The commercial officer is optimistic that through the District Development Cooperation among other strategies, they will widen the district tax base and collect enough money to deliver better services.    

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Through the development cooperation, the district intends to invest in a number of development projects including real estate where they will be putting up low-cost housing facilities, property management, warehouse management, waste recycling, and creation of business parks. They also intend to establish a television and radio station, among others.  

However, several members of the public have questioned the funding and management of the proposed cooperation. Shafik Lutwama, a resident of Wakiso town wonders how the cooperation will work given the fact that the district has already failed on its primary role of providing better service like ensuring opening and maintaining roads.  

But Stanley Kaggwa, a councillor representing Kira Division says the district has not failed on it primary roles, but it instead lacks the funds which problem they are trying to address.  Kaggwa argues that although Wakiso District contributes highly to the national Gross Domestic Product-GDP, the central government remits meagre funds which they have protested over the years, in vain. 

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Namayumba Sub County representative Godfrey Bogere says that as new municipalities and town councils are being created in Wakiso, the local government is left with less productive rural areas and supporting is now becoming challenging.

 

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Meanwhile, Malaba notes that they have consulted a number of authorities including the Ministry of Local Government and the Attorney General which all gave a green light to the arrangement.