Projects Stall as Masaka Municipality Enters Second Quarter Without Funds

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According to information obtained by URN, Masaka municipality was meant to implement the projects in the first quarter of the financial year.

Several projects in Masaka municipality have stalled due to the delayed release of funds from the central government. The affected projects include the purchase of desks for several schools, construction of classroom blocks and rehabilitation of key roads in the municipality.

 Some of the schools meant to benefit from the projects include Kiyimbwa primary school, Kyabakuza primary school, Kijabwemi primary school and Nyendo public school. According to information obtained by URN, Masaka municipality was meant to implement the projects in the first quarter of the financial year. The municipality receives 3 billion shillings each quarter. 

However, Godfrey Kayemba Afaayo, the Mayor Masaka municipality and town clerk Joseph Kimbowa says despite  the fact that, the Finance Ministry indicated that it would release the money, it has not come. He says the failure to release the money has affected the planned implementation of their activities. 


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2 billion of the 13 annual budget of Masaka municipality is generated from local revenue collection. However, the Mayor says the local revenue collection is thinning. Kayemba blames this on the changes in the collection of taxi park, boda boda and market revenue following a directive from the president. 

According to the directive, all public utilities should be managed by those directly involved in the business. Kayemba says previously, the municipality was getting 5 million shillings from markets each month but only 1.5 million shillings is realized.  

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Currently,pupils at Hill Road Public school are congested in the few available classrooms. Joseph Muwonge, a pupil at Hill Road Public school told Uganda RadioNetwork that they badly need spacious classrooms because the current ones are too small. 
Musa Yiga, a resident of Masaka Municipality accuses the municipality of wasting available funds on trips. He claims that while the municipality is complaining of lack of money, its officials spent 80 million shillings last month on a trip to Rwanda. Yiga says that money would finance construction of toilets at Kiyimbwe primary school.
Joseph Kimbowa, the Masaka Town Clerk defends the money spent on the Rwanda trip saying it was approved by World Bank. Jim Mugunga, the Public Relations Officer of Finance Ministry said he was not sure why the funds had delayed. He promised to consult and get back. 

 

About the author

Edward Bindhe
Bindhe prides himself on being a part of the society he writes about. He believes there is no way a journalist can understand his society unless it considers him a part of it. This is why he is dedicated to investigating the challenges of the "little person."

Bindhe says, "My work reflects the Uganda Radio Network unique approach to news." Not many Ugandan journalists would consider or even notice the re-emergence of Water Hyacinth on a lake. Bindhe does.

Truant children will attract Bindhe's attention until he gets to the bottom of their truancy: poverty and the need to work to earn bread for their families. These are the kinds of stories Bindhe is often after.

Edward Bindhe is the Masaka URN bureau chief. Rakai, Lwengo, Lyantonde, Kalangala, Mpigi, Kalungu, Bukomansimbi and Sembabule districts fall under his docket. He has been a URN staff member since 2009.

A Mass Communication graduate from Uganda Christian University, Bindhe started practising journalism in 2008 as a reporter for Radio Buddu in Masaka district.