Opinion: Mushrooming the state will not muster progress

This week the Republic got 6 new official cities, towns suddenly turned cities overnight. It hasn’t been overnight, the state has worked with this and pledged to do this. The state, the President and everyone involve is doing this for brownie-points, as the state will not have the funds to facilitate the transition. Neither was there allocated funds to make it feasible.

Just like there been lacking of funds to new districts, been lack of possible accounts and trust to cover the mushroomed sub-counties and municipalities. It is just endless add—ons over the years. The Republic has so many districts, sub-counties and municipalities that you can a headache just thinking about it.

This is what the National Resistance Movement does, they are micro-managing from the State House. Giving hand-outs to cronies, ensuring constituencies for loyalists and adding more MPs. It is cycle of adding more and more expenditure without having the growth of revenue. This is why the state is continuing to deficit finance the budgets. While struggling to cover the added expenditure.

It is like the setting up of new districts is a free-enterprise. Even if each district is supposed to have certain amount of structures, councils and whatnot. There is cost all along the way and not just a pickpocket of MP in Kampala. No, there is costs of civil servants, buildings and promised local government service. Which usually comes long after the choir singed songs on the day of launching any given district.

The same will be with the 6 cities. There will be outcries, as the state haven’t allocated or considered the costs. They just did it to look good ahead of elections. Honour old pledges and give the locals a title. Not ensuring the cities had their city council, had the office of the Lord Mayors and had all the other structures needed to be sufficiently running like one. There aren’t division mayors nor local councillors. This is just the mess. Yes, during the General Elections there might be elected some of those, but do they have anywhere to work from and conduct their operations?

That is what you can wonder about and if the state had thought of it. It is easy to change a title, it is easy give a place a name and call it a city. However, to operate as a city and pay the cost is a whole other animal. Just like sub-county has lesser of structure and promise of local government compared to any given district. That is just the reality.

In the end. This is just a battle of debt, a battle of insufficient funds and deficit financing. Pay for the cleaners and the nurses, but not having the credit to do so. Putting up shelters and housing units, but not giving them electricity. Wonder why everyone is in the dark and why things aren’t happening.

What is striking is the naivety about it. That there wasn’t people warning about it. That people don’t see the burden and problems that will come later. It is fun and games now. However, how will it be for the next man taking over as Head of State trying to rationalize it?

There is no sense to have that many districts, sub-counties and municipalities in the Republic. We all know that and its a political ploy to feed cronies on loaned funds. A bargain for the State House to get loyal pawns all across the Republic. It isn’t to better service delivery nor better governance. It is just adding costs without adding any new revenue. Peace.

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