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President Yoweri Museveni receives a report from the Committee Chairperson Hon. Okumu Ronald Reagan. PPU Photo

Museveni Receives PAC Report, Tells Leaders to Emulate NRM Doctrine

On receiving the report,  President Museveni called upon the leaders to emulate the NRA/NRM doctrine of prioritizing on scarce resources  and  manpower as the  government  has managed to build the infrastructure of roads, electricity, education and healthy sectors, defense  among others.
posted onNovember 9, 2018
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By Kampala Post Reporter

ENTEBBE. President Yoweri Museveni has commended the Parliamentary Committee on Public Accounts on Local Government for its well and elaborate researched findings on the Accounting Officers of District Local Governments and Municipal Councils countrywide on the irregularities of service delivery to the public.

The President made the remarks on Wednesday at State House, Entebbe while receiving the report from the Chairperson of the Committee, Hon. Okumu Ronald Reagan, who is also Aswa County MP in Gulu District.

The Committee made its findings during the execution of its mandate while considering the Auditor General’s Report for the 2016/2017 Financial Year. The Committee says that a number of recurring issues have continued to hinder service delivery in Local Governments for which the Committee has sought proposals and practical solutions as a way forward regarding issues in service delivery irregularities.

The committee areas of concern were related  to the dwindling portion of the national  budget allocated  to local governments, sources of revenue for local governments and the impact of creating  town Councils in the viability  of some districts, non performing accounting officers, theft through electronic money transfers from the ministry of finance,  planning and economic development to some local governments as cited in the  districts of Kiruhura and Apac, central  government ministries setting standards for service delivery  in local governments to achieve the  set standards like the ministries  of Education and Sports, health, water among others.

The meeting was attended by the First Lady and Minister of education and Sports, Janet Kataaha Museveni; the Minister of Finance, planning and economic development  Matia Kasaija; the Minister of Local government, Tom Butime, various government  permanent secretaries among others.

On receiving the report,  President Museveni called upon the leaders to emulate the NRA/NRM doctrine of prioritizing on scarce resources  and  manpower as the  government  has managed to build the infrastructure of roads, electricity, education and healthy sectors, defense  among others.

"You people should be able to listen and learn the experience of NRM.  It’s an illusion  to be everywhere to do everything  at ago without prioritization," he said.

He urged  Ugandans  to emphasize  the issue  of managing  scarce resources,  economizing  manpower, to ensure  the little resources are not stolen and encourage tax points on the  population through  consumer taxes not local governments  to tax the poor population.

On projects planning and construction, the President appealed to parliament to support  him on comparable salary increment for scientists like in other countries.

"Somebody who can do a good job should be paid well. Focus on this crucial point is needed," he said.

The President also concurred with committee recommendation that the local governments policy decentralization of 1993 should  be amended.

He called upon community leaders to sensitize  the communities  about hygiene and sanitation plus emphasizing immunization campaign against  the thirteen  killers diseases.

The President supported the idea for the creation  of OWC in 2013 reasoning that a lot of resources  had been mismanaged by the NAADS coordinators and the government has managed  to sink about shillings 1.1trillion in total into national livelihood programs, which  has given  the population a financial ray of hope in socio-economic  development.

The Minister of local government Tom  Butime and the Minister of finance, planning and economic development Matia Kasaija concurrently  agreed on enforcement on accountability for improved  service delivery by both ministries.

In the  report,  the Chairperson of the committee  Okumu Ronald Reagan said, "the issues  to do with accountability  and auditing  for public  funds should  not be mixed up with politics." The Commmittee looks forward to have a workable  solution  to the irregularities of public  funds in local governments.

Elaborating on the status  of ministry  of health and drugs supplies, it was revealed  that at times drugs reach expiry  date before consumption, other national  drugs  are found on market  in neighboring  countries like  the  Democratic Republic of Congo and Burundi,  which  the President said that there  must  be proper coding  of drugs  right from  the initial  center  of distribution and copied  for record purpose.

The committee  also bashed the ministry of Labour,  gender,  youth and women affairs for not supporting Youth livelihood  programs fully.

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