The local leaders of Fort Portal Municipality in Kabarole District have indicated that the high rate of corruption among the local leaders on taxes collected has created a challenge of debts between Uganda Revenue Authority and the local governments. This was during ToroDev’s supported live radio discussion on HITS FM called “Orukurato Program” on 19th October 2013. The 2 hour weekly radio program discusses issues of accountability every Saturday (08:00 – 10:00pm).
The topic for discussion was “Accountability and service delivery in Fort Portal Municipality, Kabarole District”. Panelists who participated in the live radio discussion included Hon. Tinkasiimire Aramanzan the Chairman LC III West Division, Hon. Mugisa Herbert the Chairman LC III South Division and Hon. Magezi Wilsnob the Chairman LC III East Division all in Fort Portal Municipality Kabarole District.
|A statue of Sir Gerald Portal in Fort Portal Town|
During the discussion, the local leaders discussed the achievements that they had brought to their Sub Counties ever since they started their term of office. “Kagote Health Center III did not have enough staffs and also a maternity ward. I raised the issue to the government and more staffs were recruited to the health center and a maternity ward was also created. We have also lobbied for bore holes in places like Nyabusozi, Muhoti, Kagote and Kyamukerege for people who cannot afford paying tapped water distributed by National Water and Sewerage Cooperation”, said Hon. Tinkasimire Aramanzan.
“We have tried to make community meetings through which we inform parents to be responsible citizens and embrace Universal Primary Education and Universal Secondary Education by sending their children to school. We have also lobbied a maternity ward and Art Clinic for HIV canceling and tasting at Kasusu HC III. NAADS program has also been improved through setting up advisory services at Sub County level and also supplying seedlings for food security, cows, goats and pigs to different groups”, said Mugisa Herbert the Chair Person LC III South Division.
Meanwhile, Hon. Magezi Wilson went ahead and discussed the challenges that hinder local leaders from delivering better services to their people. “We do not have enough funds to deliver better services to our local people. The highest money that the government sends to our sub counties on a yearly basis to work on the roads is twelve (12) million yet it costs thirty (30) million to construct one kilometer of a road”, said Magezi Wilsnob.
The live radio discussion was moderated by Kasigazi Willy Donanto.