District Chairpersons and other top administration officers at district level in the country have joined efforts to ensure that they recover from effects COVID 19 pandemic which forced a standstill on most of activities including Revenue collection.
In a zoom conference held between Civil Society Organisations and Local Governments (LGs) to discuss the issues affecting Local Government Service delivery during the Covid-19 Pandemic, various stake holders shared views on a number of factors.
They noted that the biggest challenge which has affected local government administration during this lock down period has been the slowdown in tax revenue collection and donor funding which has left districts with limited resources.
Ojara Martin Mapenduzi, Gulu district chairperson revealed that COVID19 found both the Central government and Local Governments unprepared.
“It has taught us to always be prepared, I suggest that all leaders at district level should be equipped with ICT knowledge so that they can be able to attend all meetings online.”
Ojara added that once this is implemented it will be hard for any other pandemic in future to disrupt council meetings
Nickson Ogwal, the Programs director at Action Aid international said COVID19 unveiled the loopholes within the country’s health sector which deserve to be fixed with immediate effect.
He pointed out that there is a need to decentralize distribution of food relief so that needy people in all corners can be accessed.
“All money cut from various sectors should not be left at the national level but it should be brought to district level for effective service delivery.”
Kayemba Patrick the district chairperson for Iganga district asked all RDCs to always work with district chairpersons at all times like they did during this pandemic period.
The district leaders among others, recommended expansion of e tax and also called on government through the Ministry of Finance to allow them use the available funds to finalize the pending projects instead of refunding it to the treasury.