- Maracha district budgeted to raise Shs 215 million locally in the previous financial year but the district managed to collect Shs 73 million by end of second quarter (2017/2018)
- The request will require amendment of the law if district councillors’ emoluments are to be paid by the central government
- A district councillor is meant to receive Shs 250,000 emolument per council sitting, apart from another Shs 750000 gratuity (taxable) which each district councillor receives from central government per quarter
By Atiku Robert
Maracha- The LC5 Chairman Mr Lawrence Adiga has asked central government to take over payment of district councillors’ emoluments.
The chairman was speaking during a community Baraza meeting at Oluffe Sub-county, Maracha district. The district mainly depend on local revenue that accrues from markets, cross-border business with Democratic Republic of Congo and other businesses within the district.
“Local governments are performing badly as far as payment of emoluments to councillors is concerned. Approval of our budget for this financial year was a tug of war. Council almost refused to approve the budget because of non-payment of their emoluments. Why can’t the central government takeover payment of these emoluments?” Mr Adiga asked.
According to the Local Government Act, district council activities including emoluments to councillors must be financed using 20 per cent of the locally generated revenues within the district in the previous financial year.
Wani Emmanuel the district speaker said: “We had problems in council last financial year because the councillors were not paid their emoluments for five sittings after blowing off the 20 per cent of the local revenues collected in the previous financial year. That was also one of the challenges we faced and it affected also council business.”
The outgoing Chief Administrative Officer, Mr Martin Kisule, said: “Here we are collecting very little by way of local revenue. Most of the funds are coming from Kampala(central government).”
Mr Moses Kizige the state minister for Karamoja affairs who officiated at the baraza meeting said: “When you choose to be a councillor you should know the money that is there. Don’t even spend a lot of money in campaigns, because there is little money there.”