Butime Faults Kabarole CAO for District Woes Top story

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According to Butime, while the CAO is overall head of all administrative units in the district, he was shocked when people started reporting cases of financial mismanagement, increasing crime rate and poor road network directly to him.

The Local Government Minister, Tom Butime has blamed the Kabarole Chief Administrative Officer - CAO, Dunstan Balaba for the mess in the district.
 

According to Butime, while the CAO is overall head of all administrative units in the district, he was shocked when people started reporting cases of financial mismanagement, increasing crime rate and poor road network directly to him.

 
He was speaking as chief guest at Kabarole Leader's conference held at Kitumba grounds in Fort Portal Municpality on Tuesday. 

His comments came after Kabarole Resident District Commissioner; Steven Asiimwe complained that he had failed in his capacity and the head of the District Security Committee to curb crime due to absenteeism of the municipal councilors.


 
"We have so far arrested 39 cattle thieves who steal from other districts and sell to butchers in Kiiko Town Council, Kabarole district. But I can tell you that when you call a security meeting only three people will come. How then can you pass resolutions, when those to discuss with are not around?" Asiimwe wondered.
 
 
In his remarks, Butime said all the issues raised by the RDC fall squarely under the CAO, saying he is well funded to traverse the entire district.

 
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However, the CAO defended himself, saying he is working tireless with his team to address some of the concerns raised by the leaders. He said the district has registered some success and should be commended other than only focusing on the negative side.

However, Asiimwe insisted that the district has serious challenges, which call for immediate intervention. He cited the increasing theft of vehicle number plates, saying nothing has been done to curb the vice.
 

He also cited the failure by some contractors to remit Shillings 66 million to the council this financial year. "How can a working municipal leadership fail to get all this money from tenderers for a whole year?  A contract can be terminated by either party. How come these contractors are still having running contracts even after refusing to pay," Asiimwe asked.

 
Efforts by URN to speak to the Fort Portal Town Clerk, Deo Ndiimo about the contractors didn't yield results as he wasn't in his office when our reporter went there. The Kabarole LC V Chairman, Richard Rwabuhinga expressed concern over loss of financial autonomy to the central government.
 
 
He says the central government rushes to reclaim unspent funds from the district accounts at the end of the financial year. He asked that the minister to help them to get financial autonomy and increase the share of local government from the national budget from the current 13 per cent to 17 per cent.


"The share of our national budget remains minimal yet 82 per cent of the service delivery is done at the local government level," Rwabuhinga said. Butime promised to table their concerns of the LC V chairperson before cabinet for away forward.
 
 
The conference brought together local council leaders right from the village level to the district.

 

About the author

Christopher Tusiime
Christopher Tusiime is the URN Bureau Chief in Tooro. Districts of Kyenjojo, Kamwenge, Kabarole, Ntoroko, Bunyangabu and Kyegegwa, Kitagwenda and Fort Portal Tourism City fall under his docket.

Before joining URN, Tusiime first worked at The Observer newspaper for close to four years as an education reporter.