By Jumah Nsubuga
Mukono Municipality MP who also doubles as the shadow minister of local government Betty Nambooze will soon table the motion at the floor of parliament asking parliament to decrease districts in Uganda from 112 to only 60.
She says that, the districts should be reduced since many of them have failed to meet the minimum set of requirements in areas of accounting.
She told news reporters at parliament that “The standard reasons for creating new districts (administrative units) in the country has been to improve service delivery and developmental outcomes but a little concrete evidence that the creation of new districts has benefited citizens as intended”.
“Some new districts were created to promote politics rather than administrative objectives in the practice of decentralization which has generated tensions within and between regions and created traditional conflicts. The initial objectives of the decentralization system have been abandoned. Initially the decentralization system had been conceived under devolution” Hon Nambooze noted.
She also said that many new districts are not viable adding that they cannot operate due to limited funding from government. She cited out Butambala and Gomba which have failed to take services to people due to lack of funds adding that they get services from Mityana district.
“Districts like Butamba, Gomba, Ntoroko, Iganga and Agago among others should be removed since they don’t have right staffs to take under the operations of people.Ntoroko operates under the tree. We must remove these districts because government no longer sustains them.Butambala and Gomba have up to now failed to constitute district service commissions and have resorted to borrowing one from Mityana they have also failed to pay for the services of Mityana district service commission.
Hon Nambooze presented her proposal to decrease districts in the shadow cabinet for thorough scrutiny and will table it officially before parliament next week.
She urged parliament to consider her proposal before 2016 general elections to enable politicians get prepared.
Uganda is now holding the world’s largest number of highest level of administrative units seconded by Thailand.