Absence of Town Agents Hurting Revenue Collection in Kabale Municipality

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In short
Due to the limited number of town agents, the municipality has failed to collect more than Shillings 200 million in local revenue. Sentaro Byamugisha, the Mayor Kabale Municipality, says they are finding hurdles to collect revenue due to the limited number of town agents. He says they are forced to use law enforcement officers who are ill-trained for the job.

The absence of town Agents in Kabale municipality is impacting negatively on revenue collection. There are only 3 out of the 12 required town agents in Kabale Municipality. Town agents do the overall administration and management of ward/parish Unit in local governments.
 
They are tasked with several roles including revenue collection in parishes and wards, preparing work plans and budgets, overseeing the implementation of national and local Government policies and undertaking mobilization of the Parish Community for development programs.
 
 
Due to the limited number of town agents, the municipality has failed to collect more than Shillings 200 million in local revenue. Sentaro Byamugisha, the Mayor Kabale Municipality, says they are finding hurdles to collect revenue due to the limited number of town agents. He says they are forced to use law enforcement officers who are ill-trained for the job.
 

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He however, says they are engaging the District Service Commission to allow them fill the available vacancies to boost their local revenue collection. Johnson Muhumuza owns a business along Nyerere road in Kabale town. According to Muhumuza, the municipality has long used law enforcement officers in revenue collection, but they are not effective.

 
He says that at times the law enforcement officers use fake receipts, which affects the traders. Naris Byebiroha, the chief Law Enforcement Officer Kabale Municipality, admits that some of the officers have not worked to the expectations of the force. He however, those found culpable are relieved of their duties

 

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