National Planning Authority Wants Districts Merged

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NPA deputy chairperson Abel Rwendeire says they have advised government against the creation of more administrative units. He says government needs to amalgamate the units into bigger blocks to ensure better administration and development.

The National Planning Authority is concerned that the increase in the number of districts will have a negative effect on the economic growth of the country.

This comes days after four more districts came into effect bring the total number of 116. The new districts include Kagadi, Kakumiro, Rubanda and Omoro which were operationalized on July 1. 

NPA deputy chairperson Abel Rwendeire says they have advised government against the creation of more administrative units. He says government needs to amalgamate the units into bigger blocks to ensure better administration and development.

He states that many of the districts right now are under utilizing the facilities and resources like infrastructure and also failing to raise minimal percentages of taxes.
 
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Rwendeire equally advises government against the creation of new ministries. He says a number of departments need to be merged in order to avoid duplication of work.

Rwendeire downplays arguments that creation of more districts enhances service delivery. He says that to the contrary bigger blocks mean complete growth of the regions, better planning capacity and abolition of bureaucracies among others.

Several urban development experts have often urged for the development of the existing administrative units instead of creating new ones.

Godfrey Opolot, a student pursing masters in Local Governance states that the new districts take way too long to start impacting on the lives of people. He says some districts after creation lack basic provisions to improve service delivery.
 

 

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