By Jumah Nsubuga
The Parliamentary committee on public service and local government has recommended the Ministry of Finance to provide funds amounting to shs20b in this financial year to cater for facilitation of the councilors in local governments as proposed by the President.
The committee made this recommendation while tabling the committee report on the ministerial policy statement for the financial year 2013/14 in parliament.
The Vice chairperson of the committee Mabel Bakaine said that, last financial year, the president during his state of the nation address last year made a proposal of facilitation of speakers, Deputy Speakers and councilors at the district levels but the provision has never been implemented.
They also recommend that the ministry of local government finalise the modalities of payment of these funds to the beneficiaries.
They also recommended that, for any new district to be created in future, government should provide a clear phased programme with justification and acceptable proposals for the financing, equipping and staffing of all new structures.
Meanwhile the shadow minister of local government Betty Nambooze in her alternative policy statement said that president Museveni last year made empty promise of shs20b to remuneration of councilors.
“Ugandans were used to empty promises because this year new promises were made by the president without those of last year being fulfilled. Poor remunerated councilors are prone to corrupt tendencies especially that they were required to relinquished their jobs before taking on their role as councilors.” Nambooze noted.
Last financial year, there was a motion moved by the minister of local government Adolf Mwesige for additional 25 new districts.
The committee in its report further recommended that, the ministry of local government should ensure equitable sharing of assets and liabilities between the mother districts and new ones at the time of split.
The committee has also requested the Ministry of Local Government to come out with clear strategies of strengthening service delivery in local governments and where need be, “An affirmative action especially for funding critical areas should be looked into” Said the Vice chairperson.