KAMPALA. The Cabinet on Wednesday passed regulations that will strengthen the National Planning Authority (NPA) in coordinating the national plan at local government plans.
State Minister for Finance, David Bahati said the regulations were approved by cabinet yesterday. He said NPA had regulations but they were not backed by law. The regulations, he said comes in to fill the legal gap.
A salient feature of the guidelines is that for instance after national planning authority publish its five year national development plan, local governments, ministries and departments will be required to also produce plans aligned to the national plan within six months. The plans will have to be certified by the national planning authority.
Bahati said government is providing sanctions for the institutions that will not adhere to the planning regulations as approved by cabinet such as seeking certification from NPA. He said government believe the regulations will bolster implementation of the vision 2040.
On state of security in the country, Bahati said the issue was discussed but added that the president is to address the nation about it soon. He refused to divulge what was discussed on security.
The government in 2014 introduced local government planning guidelines aimed at providing a framework for the formulation of harmonised decentralised plans within local governments in Uganda.
"On the one hand, the guidelines are supposed to ensure that decentralised development plans are well linked to the overall National development strategic direction as well as to the sector development goals. On the other hand, the guidelines are also supposed to ensure intra and inter agency synergies and linkages in the local government planning framework," the guidelines read.
Finance ministry officials have many times pinned local government officials for failure to develop plans or align their plans to the national plan. Bahati said the approved regulations will empower government legally to deal with local government units, departments and agencies that fail to plan.