February 23, 2024

Kagadi District Council Approves Sh44.6bn Budget, Education and Health Take Lion’s Share

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KAGADI

Kagadi District council today approved Budget estimates and work plan for Kagadi DLG for FY 2023/2024 worth Shillings 44.6 Billion.

The motion was tabled before council by the Secretary for Finance, Planning, Administration and Investment Ramuel Betonda during a council session held at Kagadi Community Hall in Kagadi town council.

According to the budget estimates the Education department takes the highest percentage with Sh19.3b (43%), Production and marketing Sh2.4b(6%), Health Sh12.1b (27%), administration Sh4.5b (10%), Roads and Engineering Sh1.9b (4%), Water Sh1b (2%), Statutory Bodies Sh1.5b (4%), Community based services Sh860.7m (2%), Finance Sh423m (1%),  Natural Resources Sh239m (0.6%)Planning Sh204m (0.6%), Internal Audit Sh64m (0.2%), Trade and Industry Sh61m (0.1%)

Based on the budget Revenue sources and modification, optional government transfer will contribute 18%, conditional grant will contribute 72%, other government transfers ,local revenue and donor funding shall contribute 2%,2%, and 6% respectively.

Mandatory documents including capacity building plan, Recruitment plan, Revenue enhancement plan, Annual work plan, Procurement plan, Operations and maintenance plan, Disaster preparedness plan were also approved.

Ramuel Betonda, Secretary for Finance, Planning, Administration and Investment Kagadi district

Betonda also moved a motion to approve a supplementary budget of Sh3.9 billion for UgIFT secondary schools, Health Transition Development grant, pension, gratuity and Primary Health Care conditional wages for the FY 2022/23.

Councilors welcomed the budget estimates for the 2023/24 financial year, saying it will benefit the people of Kagadi especially in service delivery enhancement.

Councilors also asked Kagadi residents to always inform them of the sectors lagging behind before the budget estimates are presented and approved by council to ensure that they are considered.

Fatumah Kusemererwa, District Female Councilor representing Paacwa Sub County

Yosia Ndibwami, the Kagadi district Chairman LC5 says the budget is complex and intends to serve the community in Kagadi. He said emphasis has been put in Education and Health since they are the biggest employing sectors in the district.

The same council also passed several taxes to enhance local revenue and these are slaughter fee, quarry and sand fee, taxes on trucks ferrying sugarcanes and trucks ferrying eucalyptus trees passing via the district.

These trucks will each pay Sh20,000 for every trip that crosses the district.

Council sitting was postponed three times however, Magezi Muwonge, the Kagadi district Speaker, says the postponements were vital for the development of the district.

Muwonge says with the district chairperson, they attended the Uganda Local Government Association (ULGA) meeting in Busia which also acted as a reflection on how to manage business in Kagadi.

He said this altered the dates they had previously set for the council sitting.

Among other issues reported to council by the district chairman is delay in disbursement of Parish Development Model funds but said the district had received only Sh50 million for each parish but the Ministry of Information Communication and Technology had not yet uploaded Kagadi district on the National Data base system to allow them distribute the funds to the 39% people living in poverty.

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