National Politics

Public uproars as government runs broke, lack money for new districts

Local Government Committee of parliament have blamed the government for creating administration units which are disfunct due to lack of fund.

The 204 and 198 sub-counties were created after a parliamentary motion was passed in 2017/2018 requiring over 152 bn for them to become operational.

This was likely to rise up the administrative cost including setting Police posts, health and education facilities in line with current government policy.

While appearing before the committee of parliament on Thursday, the State Minister for Finance, Hon David Bahati informed the lawmakers that the matter was discussed in Cabinet and it was agreed to be deferred.
Bahati noted that government opted to prioritized salary enhancement in order to improve on service delivery.

“The creation of councils, sub-counties and districts which were already created are going to happen. The plan we have is to have them in a phased manner because of resources involved and we have a resource constraints,” Bahati said.

His explanation however, sparked angry response from committee members who asked why the government made them waste time on approval of new administration units yet they know there is no money.

The legislators said that this pushes the electorate to continue living in anxiety.

“Why did you present all these requirements before Parliament for approval yet you had no resources to have them in place? This is seriously lying to Parliament, they misled us and the general public,” Ssekikubo commented.

The committee has kicked off consultations on creation of regional tier government following a motion that was tabled before Parliament by Buliisa County MP Stephen Birahwa Mukitale.

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