Low Staffing Should Not Deter Service Delivery – Museveni Top story

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President Museveni told local government leaders and ministers at the closure of a five-day government retreat, at Speke Resort Munyonyo, that his government will not allow the continuous excuse by local governments on low staffing as one of the factors hindering service delivery.

President Yoweri Museveni implores local governments to utilize the human resource they have to implement government programmes.

President Museveni told local government leaders and ministers at the closure of a five-day government retreat, at Speke Resort Munyonyo, that his government will not allow the continuous excuse by local governments on low staffing as one of the factors hindering service delivery.

Museveni says local governments should stop lamenting and instead focus on utilizing its current workforce, especially in areas with low population like Kalangala district.
 
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During the retreat, Martin Ojara Mapenduzi, the Vice President of Uganda Local Government Association (ULGA), Northern region noted that they have been constrained by shortages of staff attributed to inadequate funds to recruit.

"This restricts the ability of local governments to attract and retain highly qualified staff especially under key service delivery sectors," Mapenduzi said.

However, President Museveni says some local governments have failed to implement government programmes, including Youth Livelihood Funds. He challenged the districts to prioritize funds towards projects that benefit individuals and communities.
 
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Prime Minister, Dr Ruhakana Rugunda hinted that in the 2017/2018 financial year, funding to the local governments will be increased.

 

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Olive Eyotaru
Olive Eyotaru is a URN journalist based in Kampala. Eyotaru has been a URN staff member since February 2015.

Eyotaru started practising journalism while still studying at Uganda Christian University. She was a reporter with Ultimate Media Consult Ltd between 2005 and 2007.

In 2009, Eyotaru joined Monitor Publications Limited, under KFM Radio as a parliamentary and business reporter. Consequently, Eyotaru started writing for the Daily Monitor newspaper until January 2015, when she moved to URN.

She is interested in reporting about politics, health, human rights, business and sports.