Gulu Is This Year’s Best Performing Local Govt

The annual assessment process conducted by teams of researchers across the 30 districts partaking in the Local Government Councils’ Score-card Initiative (LGCSC) ranked Mbarara the 7th with 75%, rx Mbale the last and Gulu the first.

The Mbarara district political leadership headed by Deus Tumusime and assisted by 32 elected councilors including the speaker William Tibamanya Rusheshe provided an oversight role and monitored development projects to ensure quality service delivery.

Launching this year's scorecard
Launching this year’s scorecard

Executive Director Advocates Coalition for Development and Environment (ACODE), order Dr Arthur Bainomugisha said that the 5 year initiative seeks to enhance the effectiveness of elected leaders in fulfilling their mandate and building the citizens’ capacity to demand better services.

Arthur said the assessment tool is to facilitate annual performance assessments on the district council, more about district chairpersons, speakers and councilors with focus on their roles and responsibilities as stipulated in the Local Government Act.

Mbarara district councilors  during the launch
Mbarara district councilors during the launch

He attributed Mbarara’ no-so-good performance to its lack of a district council library where councilors would to do extensive research before council sittings.

“You cannot expect people to discuss what in the council meetings when you don’t have a factual research provision room’’ Arthur said

He further put the blame of poor performance of districts like Mbale to government’s frequent transfers of Chief Administrative Officers (CAOs).


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