Village Councils in Kiboga Push for Local Govt Revenue

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Villages in Kiboga district go for years without receiving the 25 percent of the collected revenue as entitled. Under the local government Act, the sub-counties and urban authorities are mandated to send the 25 percent of the revenue collected to villages among others to cater for sanitation and feeder roads.

Villages in Kiboga district go for years without receiving the 25 percent of the collected revenue as entitled.
  
Under the local government Act, the sub-counties and urban authorities are mandated to send the 25 percent of the revenue collected to villages among others to cater for sanitation and feeder roads.
  
The village chairpersons tasked the district authorities to explain why the collected revenue was not being remitted. This was the question the Kibiga district Local Council chairperson, Israel Yiga, had to answer as he met village councillors of Kiboga, Ddwaniro and Bukomero sub-counties on his district-wide monitoring tour.
  
The Kitete village chairperson, Abdullah Mutumba, told the Kibiga meeting at the sub-county headquarters on Thursday that villages last received money seven years ago. Mutumba said this has demoralized the other members of the village leadership committees, abandoning chairpersons to act in isolation.
  
Mutumba said this had provided a leeway for some chairpersons to mismanage village affairs in critical areas such as land.
  
"We have heard that some of our colleagues are aiding land grabbing, this is just because the committees are not mobilized to check their extremes," he said. 
  
The Kibiga sub-county female councilor, Flavia Nagawa, said real leadership challenges were at the village level and this necessitated utmost support from government. "It's being inconsiderate to deny the entitled little to the village councillors because these people sacrifice a lot to serve the country," she said.
  
The village chairpersons receive 120,000 shillings every year as the only entitlement. Most of them charge fees such as the stamp fees which are not mandatory.
  
The Kiboga district chairperson, Israel Yiga, said he had already directed the sub-county chiefs and town clerks to start sending the money to villages to rejuvenate the functionality of village councils.
  
The Kibiga sub-county chief, Benard Ssegawa, said that starting with the next financial year the money would be dispatched to villages.