Residents Irked by District's Failure to Utilize Funds

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Bernard Tugume, a resident of Karugutu town council, Ntoroko district wants the district leadership to explain why the money was not utilized. He describes the development as bad news for a district with poor roads and limited classrooms in most primary schools.

Ntoroko and Kyegegwa districts have failed to utilize funds allocated to various activities during the 2015/2016 financial year.

In Ntoroko, the education sector is stuck with 470 million Shillings meant to cover the cost of renovation and construction of classrooms while the health sector failed to utilize 250 million Shillings for the Primary Health Care-PHC programme.

In Kyegegwa, the Production and Marketing sector has not put 189 million Shillings to use. The other is the Water and Natural Resources sector, with a combined total of about 347 million Shillings.

The failure by both districts to utilize the funds has drawn concern from resident's accusing the district leadership of lacking capacity to absorb the funds, amidst poor service delivery.

Bernard Tugume, a resident of Karugutu town council, Ntoroko district wants the district leadership to explain why the money was not utilized. He describes the development as bad news for a district with poor roads and limited classrooms in most primary schools.
 
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In Kyegegwa town council, the failure by the district to utilize the money has left more than 600 residents without water.

Vincent Muhereza, a resident, says they share water with animals which exposes them to water borne diseases. He says several bore holes and shallow wells in Karugutu Sub County broke down and have never been repaired, despite the worsening water crisis
 
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However, Steven Bamugisa, the deputy chief administrative officer of Kyegegwa district says the funds were not put to use, because they were released during the last quarter of the financial year. He explains that the late releases coupled with the lengthy procurement processes led to the failure to put the money to use.

He wants the government to send the funds in a lump sum to enable the district plan adequately.
 
Bamugisa adds that he is yet to get clearance from the Ministry of Finance to keep the money and carry it forward to this financial year.
 
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According to a 2014 report authored by the Advocates for Coalition for Development and Environment-ACODE, a public policy research and advocacy think tank, delayed and irregular release of the funds to local governments hinders service delivery in districts across the country.

The report states that local governments are capable of providing adequate service delivery to the community, but they are let down by late releases, a trend which leads to shoddy work, because they often rush to utilize the funds and ignore monitoring of the projects.

 

About the author

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.