The parents of Akide primary school have petitioned authorities at Ongino Sub County to intervene over the mismanagement of funds that were collected by the community towards putting back a roof of a four classroom block.
The classroom block was blown off by a strong storm early this year and since then the school administration has faced challenges to accommodate the displaced pupils.
The community that contributed the money meant for putting back the blown off roof had accused the Akide taskforce authorities for failing to complete the project after mismanaging the funds entrusted onto them.
Following the said petition, the sub county conducted an audit of the said funds and later discovered that the committee had caused a loss of Ush 570,000 from the contributions that parents had collected to help the school re-roof the blown off structure.
As a result on 1st of Sept 2015 a total of 350,000 had been recovered from the taskforce committee and an outstanding Ush 220,000 is due to be paid.
During a joint review meeting held by Teso Anti-corruption Coalition in Ongino Sub County, it was recommended that a joint audit of all sub county assets be done for all other institutions including assets at the sub county.
An audit of assets for Ongino Sub County has so far been done in association with Kumi district Local Government internal audit as mechanism of preventing the theft and misuse of institutional assets.
Following the success of this audit, the head of finance in Ongino has promised to undertake a similar exercise in all health units in Ongino Sub County.
Members sitting at the Teso Anticorruption Coalition Annual General Assembly have elected in anew treasurer during the 8th Annual General Assembly held recently.
The post fell vacate upon the resignation of the former treasurer Ms Roselinda Oyuu who has since then joined active politics as the aspiring Kaberamaido Woman Member of Parliament for the 2016 parliamentary elections
The Local Government Finance Commission (LGFC) wants government to allocate 38 per cent of the national budget to local governments in a bid to improve service delivery.
Uganda does not have a constitutional provision on the percentage of national revenue the central government should transfer to local governments. As a result, the amount fluctuates, which the LGFC say means much of the money remains with the central government and yet it is the local governments that do much of the service delivery.
“Government should not pass on less than 38 per cent,” Mr Jim Ashaba Aheebwa, LGFC’s director Finance and Administration, said on Wednesday, while presenting the LGFC 2013/14 Annual Report to the Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga.
“Our concern is that although Shs2.3 trillion went to the local governments this fiscal year, this is only 12 per cent of the 2015/16 fiscal year budget,” added Mr Lawrence Banyoya, the commission secretary.
However, critics fault many local governments for failing to spend much of the money the central government gives them. For instance, in the 2013/14 fiscal year, local governments failed to absorb Shs260b, according to the latest LGFC Annual Report.
The Uganda Local Governments Association has in the past accused the central government of releasing a lot of money to the local governments in the last quarter of a financial year yet they fail to spend all of it within the stipulated year and, thus, have to return it.
Ms Kadaga said whereas district local governments are “getting bigger, their resources are reducing”.
Also, the commission said the government should remove exemptions on eligible local service taxpayers “as adversely affected the LG cash flows.”
The Local Government Finance Commission advices the government on revenue distribution between the central and local governments.
After convening a meeting to express their concern over the unfilled promise for a community access road from Ongino to Omatenga in Kumi district, none of the members who participated expected their meeting to yield immediate fruits.
The locals here who mostly earn their living as fishermen on Lake Bisina had complained since 2011, for an access road to the shores but it had never been fulfilled despite several assurances, the only access to the shores was a narrow footpath only usable during dry spell and only through difficulty in this the rainy spells.
However, to their surprise after meeting with RDC Kumi and other district officials on 17 July 2015, through the arrangement of Teso Anticorruption Coalition, works started the next day on Ongino, Omatenga road.
The LC3 Ongino sub county who couldn’t hold back his excitement, when interviewed by TAC says the grading of the road comes with a lot of advantages as it serves school going children and also offers access for pregnant mothers to Ongino hospital.
The project being worked on by WAO Uganda Limited at USH 342,675,806, was to have been worked on using the CAAIP funding but due to political reasons, the funds have since 2011 been diverted to other roads.