The minister of Local Government Raphael Magyezi during his one day visit to Kagadi district said that the government has taken the decision to maintain the Local Council leaders in office until it secures resources to conduct their elections.
This comes after the five years Local council leaders’ term expired on the 10th of July 2023.
According to Raphael Magyezi, the Minister for Local Government, Local Council one and Two leaders are to stay serving as the government mobilizes resources to conduct their elections.
Minister Magyezi also said the government will secure an instrument from the Attorney General to secure the local leaders who will continue serving even after their term expired.
Minister Raphael Magyezi was meeting Chairpersons Local Council threes in Kagadi district at Kagadi district Council Hall in Kagadi Town.
According to Minister Magyezi, it would be suicidal to declare these positions vacant since they play a significant security role. He said there is a need for huge sums of money to conduct these elections which the government is mobilizing.
He however said political campaigns keep Ugandans begging from politicians and thus discouraging them from working. He also said there is a need for the government to set strategies to ensure that the budget is fully utilized.
Minister Magyezi also cautioned the overseers of the PDM to take charge of the irregularities that could arise in the ongoing government program, the Parish Development Model.
Minister Magyezi says no one should get below sh.1 million in the ongoing PDM program.
Geoffrey Businge, the Kagadi Town council Chairperson LC3 on behalf of Canon. Peter Mwesigwa Mutebire, the Chairperson of Local Leaders in Kagadi district said they have tried to ensure that their salaries are enhanced but their efforts have not yielded anything.
Businge says LC3 chairpersons have a big role in shaping the society and therefore need a pay rise.
“I have been a chairman of LC1 since President Museveni assumed power. I talk on behalf of other Chairpersons LC1, the 10,000 we get is not enough. We have massively supported the government and we want the government and President Museveni to look into this issue. No one who has ever bought even a goat using this little money,” Christopher Male-Chairman LC1 Nyanseke
After meeting the Local Council 3 chairpersons, Minister Raphael Magyezi proceeded to commission Muhorro Health Centre 3 Maternity ward before he went on to commission Ruteete Town Council headquarters.
Yosia Ndibwami, the Kagadi district Chairman says Muhorro Health Centre 3 was elevated from HCII to HCIII to enhance health services since the facility serves a big population.
Ndibwami said Kagadi was among the first districts to receive a grant of sh500 million for the maternity ward at Muhorro HCIII.
Minister Magyezi also during the one day visit to Kagadi inspected the construction on the New District and Town council Administration blocks among others.