The LCV District Chairperson for Kabarole district, Richard Rwabuhinga has decried poor funding in the district, which he said is affecting service delivery.
Rwabuhinga made these remarks while hosting the Rt. Hon. Speaker, Rebecca Kadaga at the Kabarole district headquarters in Fort Portal on Friday 29th July 2016.
Rwabuhinga said that service delivery of local governments had been greatly hindered by inadequate funding from the central government. “We get only 12% from the government yet we contribute 80% towards service delivery,” he said.
Rwabuhinga noted that government funding had dropped over the years yet there was a growing demand for services from the local population.
“Government gave us new vehicles, but other entities that do monitoring at lower levels especially the LC3s and Chief Administrative Officers do not have any mode of transport,” he said further adding that, “local government leaders are also not well facilitated, a councilor gets Ushs 10,000 for transport and lunch facilitation everyday which is very little.”
Rwabuhinga further said that out of the 12% funding the districts get from the government, 6% is spent on salaries which leaves them with so little to work with.
The Speaker responded saying that Parliament had tried to raise the allowances for local councilors but the President had cancelled the proposal.
“Ushs 10,000 to cover transport and lunch daily is so little because they make so many work trips,” the Speaker said.
She added that funding for vehicles was supposed to be done by the government and the motorcycles should be upgraded.
“Funding for local governments needs to be increased because it is mockery of the decentralisation system,” Kadaga said.
Kadaga commended Fort Portal Municipality for being the cleanest and most well streamlined in service delivery, and she promised to support the town to get to the tourist city status.
The Speaker later on presided over the climax of the Fourth Rwenzori region Climate Change Exhibition at the Municipality grounds.