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This was revealed during their annual general meeting which was held under the theme “Developmental local governments” at Club Africa in Kamwenge town, at the close of the week.
The meeting turned chaotic when the aggrieved leaders with voices high decried lack of support to the lower cadres.
“We find difficulties in implementing programmes and extending social services in our communities because the local council councillors are not considered by the government in terms of remuneration. They cannot call for meetings to discuss issues affecting the people and even monitoring and supervising the projects becomes difficult for them,” the leaders said.
The complaints stem from President Museveni’s failure to fulfil his 2011 pledge of Shs 20bn to lower local councillors.
“The Shs 20bn was President Museveni’s pledge to the councillors at local councils. This is long overdue. We have to petition him and he releases the money because services are on a halt,” said Richard Rwabuhinga, the Kabarole Chairman.
Patrick Besigye Keihwa, the LCV Kabale, said unless they task President Museveni over unfulfilled pledges; it will be hard to get activities going.
“It’s very hard to monitor services while in absolute poverty and grasping to get what to eat. My fellow members, we put a resolution to petition the President,” he said.
However, this did not go well with Gertrude Rose Gamwera Aijuka, the secretary general ULGA, who fired back by asking members to be considerate since the President has prioritised infrastructure development in the country.
“I don’t want you to come with a recommendation that is in isolation. We are hit with an evident fact of the donors’ budget who are pulling out their funding. Our budget is in a deficit because the donors cannot support it and yet you are the same leaders complaining that some local government programmes are not well funded,” she pointed out.
However, the statement angered Benon Karyeija, the Western region ULGA Chairperson who blasted her there and then.
“The monitors and supervisors of these projects need to be facilitated and remunerated. We cannot have a project of Shs 1.8bn and then we are expected to supervise it on an empty stomach. We want to inform the President that he is deceiving himself.”