Kabarole, Gulu emerge best performing districts according to report

By Deo Wasswa

Kabarole district local government has emerged the best performing local government followed by Gulu district local government in the previous financial year.

This has been revealed in local government councils score card assessment report released today by Local government Minister, Raphael Magyezi.

The report documented by Advocates coalition for development and environment(ACODE), a public policy think tanks in Eastern and southern Africa, has assessed 35 districts in the four broad areas namely, the context in which local governments operate, political performance of elected leaders, local government financing, and citizen Engagement.

Among districts that have assessed including, Arua, Bududa, Bulisa, Gulu, Hoima, Jinja, Kanungu, Kabale, Kabalore, Kaliro, Kamuli, Lwengo, Luwero, Nwoya, Ntungamo, Nakapiripiriti, Sheema, Mpigi, Wakiso, Moroto, Mbarara, Lira, Mukono and others.

While launching the report, Minister Magyezi has warned chief administrative officers at the district who have developed a habit of returning funds to the treasury at the end of each financial year yet their many projects and programs that left hanging at district level due to lack of finances.

He said almost each financial year 90 billion is returned by CAOs to the treasury.

The findings further revealed that performance of the district councils has improved from 51 points in the financial year 2016/17 to 62 points in the year 2018/18.

The performance of the chairpersons has also improved from 62 to 72 points; the results show that 49% of the district chairpersons assessed scored between 76-100 points compared to 30% in the previous assessment.

While presenting the report, Jonas Mbabazi, project manager at ACODE noted that despite the good performance exhibited, the were number of factors affecting the performance of local government councils especially in accountability to citizens, monitoring service delivery, functioning of committees of council and statuary bodies and contact with the electorates and these are, Conflicts in local governments, lack of substantive clerks to district councils, Dynamics surrounding local government financing, in adequate capacities of political actors structures of local governments and staff to deliver on their mandate among others.

Local government Association seeks to streamline seedlings supplying system

By Daudi Zirimala

The Uganda Local Government Association (ULGA) is working on the memorandum of Association with Operation wealth creation (OWC) intended to make sure agricultural supplies reach local governments to improve service delivery.

According to ULGA President, George Mutabazi, they want supplies to reach the ordinary farmer rather supplying seedlings which are not used by up scale farmers in local governments.

Through National Agricultural Advisory Services (NAADS) and OWC, government has been distributing planting materials, among other interventions, to farmers as President Museveni sought to improve Uganda’s agricultural productivity.

Since then, questions have been asked about the quality of materials distributed; owing to the high failure rate something that has forced ULGA to sign a memorandum with Operation wealth Creation to stop distribution of fake seeds.

Speeding government car causes accident

By Robert Ssegawa

Seven people sustained severe injuries in an accident along the northern bypass.

The accident occurred when an over speeding local government vehicle number LG 0016-28 control and rammed into a lorry registration UAU 330T carrying charcoal yesterday morning.

Mwamba Abdul OC Traffic Nateete police attributed the accident to reckless driving, and driving under the influence of alcohol. The injured are undergoing treatment at Mulago hospital.

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Business man in Masaka dismisses Polling station from his premises

Polling at Bata Cell station delayed because of a disagreement with a businessman only identified as Kizza, who evicted the station from his premises, saying it was disrupting his business.  The polling station is located at Hobert Street in Katwe-Butego division.

Kizza added that the Electoral Commission and area leaders never sought for permission from him before placing the station next to his business.  Polling resumed after the officials shifted the polling station a few meters away from the building.

At Town Yard polling station, polling had not started by 8:20am. Although one of the candidates in the district chairman’s race  Joseph Kalungi was at the station just in time to cast his vote, the materials had not been delivered, over an hour later.

At Market Cell polling station located inside Lions Nursery school, polls had not yet opened by 8:30am despite the fact that materials had arrived. Charles Nyombi, the presiding officer said that they were still waiting for five voters to witnesses the opening of polls.

Farouk Kawuki, Jude Mbabaali’s agent at Market cell polling station attributes the slow start of the polls on frustration from the presidential and parliamentary elections held last week.

He says that although people gathered at polling stations as early at 6am, polling did not start until after 9am.