New Town Councils and Sub-Counties must get sufficient funds – L G Minister Magyezi.
The Minister of Local Government Raphael Magyezi assures of his commitment to push for the provision of funds by the Ministry of Finance to operationalize the newly created town councils and sub-counties.
In the financial year 2017/2018, Cabinet passed a resolution creating 200 town councils and 196 sub-counties.
However, during the budget process for the current financial year 2019/2020 and the last financial year 2018/19, the Secretary to Treasury Keith Muhakanizi communicated to parliament that there were no funds to operationalize the new town councils and sub-counties.
Now, Magyezi says his first task will be to make sure that money is allocated in the coming financial year 2020/21 budget to cater for the operationalization of the new administrative units.
This as he paid a courtesy call to Uganda Local Government Association (ULGA) at their offices in Najjanankumbi.
For his part, the president of ULGA also Napak District chairperson Joseph Lomonyang highlights some of the key institutional concerns that need urgent attention including the delay by government to procure motorcycles for sub-county chairpersons and bicycles for both LC1 Chairpersons and parish chiefs to mobilise residents and monitor government programmes.