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Moyo District planned cutbacks for FY 2017/18 to an already tired Local Government Structure!

“”Connecting Uganda, Changing Lives! The Obongi Ferry routes between #Adjumani and #Moyo districts” (UNRA on Twitter)

The Local Government Budget Framework Paper for the Financial Year of 2017/2018 for the Moyo District of the Republic of Uganda is daming. It is tragic, the ways the budget is inadequate and is proving the lack of will of governance. The way the district is being underfunded and not spending needed tax-payers monies. But this is just one district in the Republic, still if this is a proof of the problems in Uganda. This is one out of dozens districts, but the little drops of issues has also been showed in the MPS of the KCCA for the coming financial year. Therefore, the quotes from the Moyo District, proves the lack of care of the local district institutions and their staff. As the lacking structure is evident by the Framework paper. Take a look!

Hampering implementation:

Poor road conditions and inadequate infrastructure limiting community access to productive land, increasing cost of production and access to markets and social services, inadequate and limited supply of electricity that hinders promotion of value addition and food processing, inadequate skilled manpower and under staffing where the current staffing level is at 52%, negative community attitude and cultural practices that impact negatively on health seeking behaviour and access to education, high population” (Vote: 539, 2017).

Cutbacks to Local Government budget:

Total planned revenue for FY 2017/2018 is Uganda Shillings 22,463,673,000 compared to FY 2016-2017 of Uganda Shillings 25,617,772,000 indicating a decline of 12% in revenue budget. The FY 2017//2018 total revenue has reduced by Uganda Shillings 3,154,099,000,000 .The major decline in revenue budget has been witnessed in Donor funding by Uganda Shillings 2,396,897,000 mainly UNICEF, UNFPA and . Secondly Locally Raised Revenue and Conditional Grants have been reduced” Vote: 539, P: 3, 2017).

Planned Revenue for 2017/18:

(i) Locally Raised Revenues

(ii) Central Government Transfers

(iii) Donor Funding

Out of total Local Revenue of Uganda Shillings:

699,937,000, Uganda Shillings 148,794,000 is Taxes and Uganda Shillings 551,142,000 is Non taxes.. The major sources of the taxes include; Land fees of Uganda Shillings 9,060,000, Application fees of Uganda Shillings 8,200,000, Business licenses of Uganda Shillings 33,000,000, and other licenses of Uganda Shillings 24,721,000 Animal and crop related levies of Uganda Shillings 30,521,000, Registration of Businesses of Uganda Shillings 13,222,000,

The Total Central Government Transfers:

Is Uganda Shillings 18,059,155,000. The Conditional Grants amount to Uganda Shillings 13,813,,307,000 (76.5%), Dicretionary Grants amount to Uganda Shillings 3,698,541,000 (20.5%), Other Transfers of Uganda Shillings 547,307,000 (3%) Major source of the Central Government Transfers are; Sector Conditional Grants ( Health, Education, Production and Maketing, Water, and Administration), District Discretionary Development Grants and District Discretionary

The total Donor funds:

To the district is only UGX 3,704,581,000. The low allocation of was because some of the development partners like BAYLOR Uganda and SuSTAIN are no longer receving funds from their Donors outside Uganda” (Vote: 539, P: 6, 2017).

Low Primary and Secondary School completion rates

The Primary School completion rate stands at 26.1% which is far below the national average. Drop out rates at Secondary schools is also high at 35%. The challenge is caused by low parental/ community participation and involvement in schools.

Inadequancy of teachers houses in Schools and poor school sanitation

Only 29.2% of the teachers in Primary Schools are accomodated at school. This causes tardiness and late coming among teachers. Besides effective transfer of staff is a big challenge. The Pupil Stance ratios in schools are still appalling.

Inadequancy of Science and Mathematics teachers in secondary schools:

It is extremely hard to attract and retain science and Mathematics teachers in the secondary schools. The few available once retired or died and never replaced by the Ministry of Education and Sports” (Vote: 539, P: 15, 2017).

The three biggest challenges faced by the department in improving local government service:

Lack of Transport: Planning Unit has no running vehicle nor motor cycle hence affects programme implementation.

Weak internet connection: The internet installed for Birth registration is weak hence affects data entry and demotivates the Data entrants since payment is according to records entered.

Erratic power supply: The line connecting the Unit has been constanly inturrupted during printing hence leading to loss of records” (Vote: 539, P: 23, 2017).

It isn’t only on the Framework Paper that the troubles of Moyo District comes to surface, as the issues of the District is evident. The Moyo district needs certainly more funds and more direction, as the district is understaffed. This is with the mind of not only having enough people in the needed positions, but also have the equipment and buildings for the state to deliver needed services for the citizens.

Moyo district councilors have protested what they call deliberate refusal to pay their sitting allowances by the office of the Chief Administrative Officer. During a council meeting to pass the 2017/18 budget, the councilors almost paralysed the sitting after putting to task the Chief Administrative Officer to explain why they were not being paid their arrears” (…) “Chaiga Warned the CAO to be serious in handling the matters of the councilors because such delays can embarrass in the eyes of their electorates. “We should not make such things to occur again in the lives of the councilors”, he said” (…) “Grandfield Omonda, the Chief administrative officer however blamed the delay in paying the councilors to low local revenue generation. Omonda said the district performed poorly in terms of local revenue collection leading to delay in clearing the arrears. “We have performed low in collecting the local revenues and money to pay the council sittings comes direct from the collection and the money is generated from lower local government at sub county levels”, Mr Omonda said” (Iceta, 2017).

So the Local Government are blamed by the appointed men of the Central Government, as the Budget Framework Paper is showing how it is lacking. Even the CAO and the Councilors are trading shots of the lack of funds and their salaries, as the representatives in the district isn’t even getting their supposed allowances. But they are not the only who has misgivings, the are on the top and still isn’t getting what they are supposed to. The whole districts lacks the needed manpower and revenue to run. That is a systematic maladministration that is totally normal under the National Resistance Movement. This is their system and their works over decades rule. Therefore, the NRM haven’t had the priority to fix or make sure the districts are running sufficiently. That is why the basics isn’t there and the CAO of Moyo Oryono Grandfield Omonda, who reported this all to the Parliament for the voting. Peace.

Reference:

Iceta, Scovin – ‘Moyo District Councilors Protest Unpaid Arrears’ (25.05.2017) link: http://westnilepress.org/moyo-district-councilors-protest-unpaid-arrears/

Republic of Uganda – ‘Vote: 539 Moyo District’ – Local Government Budget Framework Paper – Financial Year 2017/2018

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Parliamentary Report spells out that the Operation Wealth Creation (OWC) is a totally flawed initiative!

As the 10th Parliament and one of their committee has written a report on the Operation Wealth Creation (OWC), this one lead by the man who is named General Salim Selah. There has been seen to see fruitful results to the government sponsored projects, that is for the cash-crops and other agricultural outputs. But the report that is made today in Parliament isn’t really saying much positive about the initiatives. As this OWC that are part of the Office of Prime Minister Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda, he surely will looked failed together with Gen. Selah.

It is clearly stating the OWC as failed initiative, as the delivery is flawed, it is done without information sharing, without local knowledge or input into how they want it. The leadership from the top has decided and gives the seeds and seedlings when they feel like it. Without any concern of the districts and their OWC administration, as they do not have facilities for the deliveries done by the OWC. Certainly, there are decisions made by OPM and the General without clear leadership, neither listening to the farmers they are supposed to help to enrich. Instead, they are more delivering sub-standard services and not working for others than the ones on the top. Just take a look!

OWC is coordinated by the Senior Presidential Advisor on Defense and Security. He heads the team of directors at the headquarters in charge of inputs, low cost housing, value addition, pensions among others, They coordinate all activities of the operation such as planning, evaluation, supervision, monitoring and evaluation” (Republic of Uganda, P: 2, 2017).

Operation Wealth Creation distributes inputs late. Because of this, people do not pick them especially seedlings and they go to waste. For example when the Committee undertook the field visit to Agago, Oyam and Nebbi, it was informed that the inputs had been delivered late in September/October and were also planted late. The crops planted could not withstand the long dry spell that run from late November till late March and ended up dying” (Republic of Uganda, P: 3, 2017).

Most of the suppliers of seeds and seedlings do not own nurseries. They buy from uncertified nursery operators and end up compromising the quality to meet demand” (Republic of Ugandan, P: 6, 2017).

Some people complained that OWC “dumps” agricultural inputs that are not required by the beneficiaries for example the people of Nakaseke complained that they are given too many mangoes and oranges yet they would prefer food crops like maize and beans instead” (Republic of Uganda, P: 7, 2017). “OWC uses the top bottom approach. People are not consulted before supplying therefore people are sometimes given what they do need for example people in Kubuku district complained that they were given the variety of mangoes that they not need” (Republic of Uganda, P: 7, 2017).

OWC supplies inputs without informing the district leadership making it difficult for them to plan how to store and distribute the inputs” (Republic of Uganda, P: 7, 2017). OWC does not monitor the performance of the inputs distributed. This leaves the programme without data on which it can base the supply of inputs in the future” (Republic of Uganda, P: 8, 2017).

If these quotes are not proving that the OWC is totally flawed, it is heavily run by the General Salim Selah and under the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda, who are in-direct charge of the OWC. The OWC seems more like a fine slogan and signs, but the secretariat are not controlling or informing as it should. Neither is it listening to the ones that are supposed to benefit from it. Secondly, the programme doesn’t even monitor the results. Therefore, the results and the evidence of the having it is more on the feelings of Gen. Selah and the President Museveni. Not on the farmers who could instead have district boards on Co-Ops on Inputs. Instead of a centralized Museveni family controlled organization, that is clearly not doing what is supposed to do. It seems futile and not to be there for anyone else, then the ones appointed by the President and the companies they buy the seeds and seedlings from!

OWC isn’t for the farmers and for growing better yields, right now it is a non-transparent, top bottom leadership without any care for the districts who needs help and need government subsidized seeds and seedlings. If it doesn’t change… than the government can just pocket the monies, instead of just spending monies at the wrong time, for the wrong farmers and for the late season for growing the seeds. Peace.

Reference:

Republic of Uganda – ‘Report on the Sectoral Commission on Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries of the Implementation of the Operation Wealth Creation Programme in Uganda’ (May 2017)

Opinion: NRM SG Lumumba wants the CAOs only to work together with ruling party; as the Opposition are only creating trouble with the civil servants she assumes!

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I got to be honest, when the NRM SG Lumumba or any other in the Ruling Regime is forgetting how they hired people and for what reason; then I need to address the mistakes and the bewilderment in the lacking of institutionalism and professionalism in the Movement. Not that I am surprised as they follow any wink or movement from Mzee. Let’s show first what the Secretary General Lumumba said recently and then what a CAO was claimed to be doing when the Public Service Commission hired a dozen in 2014!

“The National Resistance Movement (NRM) secretary general, Ms Kasule Lumumba, has warned district Chief Administrative Officers (CAOs) against being influenced by Opposition district chairpersons while executing their duties” (…) “It has come to my attention that most of the district Opposition leaders use their positions to intimidate our CAOs, mostly those who have been transferred to new offices such as our CAO in Wakiso and others in different districts,” Ms Lumumba said” (…) “When I stop you CAOs from being influenced by the district chairpersons, it doesn’t mean that I have told you to have disagreements with them but when you notice that you’re being influenced, please refuse and report to our offices for technical support. But I also need you people to have harmony and good working relationship with them while executing your duties,” she added” (Kiggundu, 2017).

What are key factors in all job descriptions of CAOs?

“Providing direction and guidance to the Local Government Councils and their Departments in the application of the relevant laws and policies. Supervising, monitoring and coordinating the activities of the District and Lower Council’s employees and departments and ensuring accountability and transparency in the management and delivery of Council services. Developing capacity for development and management of the planning function in the District. Supervising and coordinating the activities of all delegated services and the officers working in those services. Keeping custody of all documents and records of the Local Government Council. Acting as liaison Officer between the District Council, Government and private sector. Advising the Chairperson and Executive on the administration of the Council” (Public Service Commission, 31.09.2014).

So when you see the NRM Secretary general statement, it is fault and mistaken it’s role of the CAO. The CAOs are for the better work of the Local Government Council, that means for all members neither if they are Democratic Party, Uganda People’s Congress, Forum for Democratic Change, Farmers Party or the Progressive People’s Party. What matters is that the results and the work of the Local Government Council, not their allegiance or their place in which party. The CAO are also for ensuring accountability and transparency. Being so means that the CAO has to look over the LGC and their portfolios, their works and their needed assistance across party lines, neither if it is NRM or any other party. Still, the NRM SG Lumumba is more about the opposition creating fear supposedly from the Opposition. Since the NRM are usually pre-occupied with finding ways of bribing justice and rule of law.

The CAO and the LGC are inter-connected neither party involved in the district that matters. The Councillors and other leaders need to know what plans and how to participate together with the CAO to fulfil the guidance and needed state oversight of the works of the district. If this isn’t done, than the checks and balances will be lacking trust.  There need to be a working relationship between the District Council and the CAO. When the CAO will be the liaison of the works done in the district!

So I would wish the ruling party and ruling regime had more tact. But that is asking too much, people like NRM SG Lumumba always create enemies instead of trying to bring an olive-branch. It is not in her character to be peaceful or dialogue. Instead she is on the war-path. Blaming the opposition and giving them a head-spin.

She would never ever have said this about her own, hey she would praise for the work in the districts. NRM SG didn’t say anything about the NRM Councillors because they are perfect and doesn’t try to intimidate or use their positions at all. They are perfect party members and local elected officials who work in wonderful harmony with the CAOs, not like the opposition. This could be the second meaning of what she did say?

Well, enough of the nonsense from the Movement for today. Peace.

Reference:

Kiggundu, Joseph – ‘Lumumba cautions CAOs on Opposition leaders’ (12.02.2017) link: http://www.monitor.co.ug/News/National/Lumumba-cautions-CAOs-on-Opposition-leaders/688334-3809580-41if1u/index.html

In Bushenyi the Public Servants told to keep their mouth shut and don’t become “News Reports”; in the name of NRM-Regime, they don’t want to be accountable or transparent!

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We know that the NRM does not have it in them to be accountable, if so they would have disclosed more information and dealing then they already do. As the land-agreements, oil-contracts, road-development and so on is kept on the low-key instead of in the public spotlight.

So when one of the general leaders in the Public Consumption told the fellow civil servants to not share their information with the world. Take a look!

What Ms. Nakayenga told new Public Officials in Bushenyi:

” Ms Pauline Nakayenga, told the leaders that information for public consumption is released only by mandated offices. She said revealing the information by anyone else can cause confusion” (…) “Commit yourselves to public service and be faithful to the offices you are taking. Keep government secrets, don’t become news reporters. Government and public information is released by the district spokesperson who is, in this case, the CAO [chief administrative officer] or district chairperson,” said Ms Nakayenga” (Amanyisa, 2016).

This law from the first Obote I Government is still in action and therefore, when it is valid it is useful in the discussion.

Bushenyi Medical Centre

This is what the law says about Public Service on this matter:

Section 8: “Any member or officer of the commission and any other person who, without the written permission of the Minister, knowingly publishes or discloses to any person otherwise than in the exercise of his or her official functions the contents of any document, communication or information” (…) ”which has come to his or her notice in the course of his or her duties in relation to the commission commits an offence and is liable to a fine not exceeding two thousand shillings or to imprisonment for a period not exceeding twelve months or to both” (…) “Any person who knows of any information which to his or her knowledge has been disclosed in contravention of subsection (1) who publishes or communicates it to any other person otherwise than for the purpose of any prosecution under this Act or in the course of his or her official duty commits an offence and is liable to a fine not exceeding two thousand shillings or to imprisonment for a period not exceeding twelve months or to both”.

So the laws are already strict as a Public Servant the disclosed material and documents are supposed to be secret and talked about, there even possibility of being fined or being imprisoned up to a year. So Ms. Nakayenga is actually speaking as the law is confined to, even if she knows it or not.

Still it is a worrying sign that the Public Information does not the information out or prove their accountable and transparent towards the citizens they claim to serve. In any instance that is worrying. It is also worrying how quickly I could find a law fitting the NRM-regimes wish for secrecy of Public Office and the Public Service, and their Public Servants!

Bushenyi

In my opinion it is not healthy when the Government does not express its will or its works; as then they have to hide what they’re doing and cannot been seen as accountable. If all work happen in secret then the Public Service is not for the people, but for the elite and the Government itself. And the Government is supposed to serve its citizens with the necessary services and security. Certain secrets are supposed only to be governments ones. But not all and the Civil Servants or the Local-Council and Local-Government should sometimes disclose information so that the public would actually know what is happening with the donor-funds, the taxpayers money and the planned operations and the budget use of the county. Without being seen by central and other Government Officials as “News Reporters”, that is just vindictive.

She did not define secrets, is everything the government do a secret? Is it filing the documents on land-owners in a county a secret? Is the next official contract for which Telephone Company Bundibugyo district is using for their employees? Should that be kept low-key or be told if the locals want to know and also know how much the local-council get funded for their usage of their smart-phone, or is that a secret?

Because if all business of the government and the local-council is disclosed and kept a secret, then the government is shadowing the public; and can do whatever they want without question unless it is visible killings. Still the certainly a culture amongst the NRM and the NRM-Regime to not tell or not wanting to tell their planned actions in public as the public does not need to know in their opinion; that is why under the Election Day the VPN was used and the Electoral Commission wanted to ban cameras and mobile-phones at the Polling Stations. Peace.   

Reference:

Amanyisa, Zadock – ‘Don’t reveal government secrets, youth leaders warned’ (02.04.2016) link: http://www.monitor.co.ug/News/National/Don-t-reveal-government-secrets-youth-leaders-warned/-/688334/3142626/-/kwjdw4z/-/index.html

 

Public Service Act of 1969 – link: http://www.ulii.org/ug/legislation/consolidated-act/288

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