Ugandan government asked to emulate Kenya in funds allocation
28 January 2015, 21:28
Kampala - Although Uganda has already sub-divided its districts from around 40 to 112 in the last 10 years, members of parliament have requested for creation of another 25 districts.
The opposition in Uganda and anti-corruption organizations have opposed the move and instead asked the government to allocate more funds to local governments as it is done in Kenya.
Most local leaders want their areas to be made independent districts so that they can manage their own budgets. But anti-corruption organizations and the opposition are against creation of new districts because according to them, they promote corruption and nepotism.
''Soon every parish in the country will be turned into a district. It is unfortunate that the government is creating districts to win cheap popularity,'' said Ambrose Ochan from anti-corruption group.
He said that Uganda should emulate Kenya where they have reasonably big districts that are well funded and properly managed.
The secretary general of Democratic party, the oldest opposition party in the country, Matia Nsubuga criticized the recent demand for creation of 25 new districts.
Nsubuga said, ''It is not worth creating new districts since the current ones lack operating resources.''
Nsubuga, who is also the Bukoto Central MP said that the creation of new districts instead creates more problems than it solves.
He said that 36 percent budget allocation usually goes to the State House unlike in Kenya where that percentage is allocated to the local governments.
The government often reasons that creation of new districts will meet public demand and hoping that formation of new districts will solve the problem of marginalization and boundary conflicts.
There already 112 districts and the additional 25 more will bring the number to 137 districts.
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