Kampala, Uganda – By Viola Nabbale.
Lord Mayor Elias Lukwago has tabled KCCA Budget of 2021-2022 of UGX 419 Billion amidst tetchy reactions from Lord Councilors over ignoring funds to facilitate councilors of the new electro areas.
Meanwhile the new Land Board governing Kampala has been officially approved following 3 months of no sittings. 7 officials have been appointed to sit on the board including Teopista Ntale, Nasser Basajjabalaba, Counsel Joseph Anguria, Moses Kamoga, Hussein Kato, Christine Kyeyune and David Balondemu who will chair the Board replacing Yusuf Nsibambi. The board will swear in this week to commence work following collapse of all legal battles against it.
The budget was tabled during a session at City Hall on Friday. Lukwago said the number of councilors in the new created areas almost doubles the current number bringing it to 400 and will require UGX 17 Billion to cater for them.
Councilor Moses Kataabu who demystified the budget said Government reduced it from UGX 555 Billion this year to UGX 419 Billion.
Lukwago said KCCA is in dilemma because they do not have funds yet a lot needs to be done. “We need to construct and rehabilitate roads yet surprisingly Government is only going to offer UGX 26 Billion from the 30 billion it had allocated.”
The Lord Mayor added it’s a challenge for them amidst the huge undertakings to execute among which include garbage collection, improving education by constructing schools, implementing the plan to end floods in the city and constructing the new garbage refining plant in Ddundu as Kiteezi is being daunted.
Lukwago remarked that amidst this difficult time, they will resort to purchasing 10 trucks for garbage collection; they also plan to construct market places in the city.
Lukwaga was dismayed following extending invitation to Lord Councilors to attend the sitting to discuss this Budget and other items needed to be included but absconded, stressing he is not bothered. However Kampala Central Mayor Charles Musoke Ssenkubuge responded that there snub is because Elias Lukwago deprived them the mandate to work on the budget. Adding that the challenges they face differ from what is at KCCA headquarters.
Lukwago responded that Councilors are free to submit their input to the Budget Committee.
Regarding the Budget cut, KCCA Executive Director Dorothy Kisaka said the cut reflects the funds that had been received for a project which is winding down in June 2021. Kisaka noted that the concluded Kampala Institutional and Infrastructure Development Project (KIIDP II) fund was the only money cut. However she decried the funding gaps that leave many unfunded priorities. KCCA will venture into other alternatives to outsource funds to run the institution so that key priorities are funded
This financial year Parliamentary Committee on National Economy considered the request by Government to borrow up to USD 224 Million from the African Development Bank (ADB) and UA 37.54 Million (USD 51 Million) from the African Development Fund to finance the Kampala City Roads Rehabilitation Project (KCRRP) in accordance with Rule 166 (2) (b) of the Parliamentary Rules of Procedure.
The request was presented to Parliament by the Minister of Finance, Planning and Economic Development on 20th May, 2020 and accordingly referred to the Committee of National Economy for consideration. The Committee considered and scrutinized the request.