Kabarole Sub Counties Struggle To Realize Local Revenue

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In short
Some of the plans and activities of the administrative units remain on paper due to inadequate funds generated. Roads are in a poor state and inadequate provision of water is the order of the day, among others, leaving the residents with no services.

Sub Counties in Kabarole district are struggling to remain operational because insufficient local revenue collections.
Most of Kabarole's with twenty five sub counties can hardly raise enough money to supplement what they receive from the Central government for development purposes.
They have drawn development plans which have remained on paper because there is no money to fund them.
In Kichwamba Sub County, road equipment which includes graders and trucks have never been put to use for two years.
Steven Irumba, the Kichwamba sub county chief says that the sub county lacks funds to purchase fuel for the equipment and pay the drivers.

Irumba says that the sub county had budgeted to raise 50 million shillings from local revenue in this financial year but raised only 10 million.
The sub county according to Irumba used to obtain fuel from fuel stations on credit with the promising to pay later but they defaulted leaving huge arrears.

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In Bukuku Sub County, Benjamin Mugisa, the sub county chief says they face difficulties running sub-county operations like monitoring and supervision due to inadequate local revenue.
He says that often he uses his resources to carry out sub county activities that should be funded.
Mugisa many resident are also reluctant to pay  local service tax.  The tax came into effect at the beginning of July 2008 when Parliament passed Local Governments (Amendment) Bill, 2008.

He  says that the sub county has for the past two years not collected the tax because of complicated collection and disbursement procedures.
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Many districts leader under the Uganda Local Government Association have also raised concern over the inadequate local revenue collection. They say that has partly affected the functioning  of  decentralized system of governance



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Emmanuel Kajubu
Emmanuel Kajubu is proud to have been the first Ugandan journalist to write in depth pieces about the Tooro Kingdom institution. His knowledge of the inner workings of the Tooro Kingdom is what made him privy to the splits in the royal family. These splits almost challenged Tooro Omukama Oyo Nyimba Iguru's reign.

Culture, agriculture and the environment are just two areas of many of interest to Kajubu. As long as he has held a pen, Kajubu has also written about public policy, health and crime.

Kajubu is keen on impacting his society not just as a writer but also a trainer and mentor. Bundibugyo and Ntoroko districts fall under his docket. Kajubu has been a URN staff member since 2008.