Kampala Lord Mayor Elias Lukwago has warned that unless additional funds are allocated for Covid-19, Kampala City Council Authority (KCCA) might not manage.
The Lord Mayor said yesterday that the two billion that parliament appropriated to help in the fight against Coronavirus was far too little to cater for all expenses.
Half of this money Lukwago said, was taken by Minister for Kampala, Betty Amongi.
With just one billion, he said it is not clear how they will maintain a fleet of 161 ambulances from the Ministry of Health (MOH) and remunerate drivers.
Lukwago warned that unless something is done to improve the pay of these drivers, anytime they might go on strike.
Asked what steps had been taken, he revealed that his council had given authorities a period of two weeks to urgently mobilize additional resources. However, he admitted that as far as things are panning out, the situation could be headed for the worst.
“One week is gone. Within next week if you don’t add money to KCCA, they are going to lock down,” he warned.
This however, he argued would not have been the case if Parliament had heeded to their supplementary budget request of eight billion shillings.
“KCCA our budget was 8 billion, five for food and three for fighting Covid,” he pointed out.
Responding in an interview, Emmanuel Ainebyoona the Ministry of Health (MOH) spokesperson advised the Lord Mayor to first utilize this money before complaining.
“The only essence is when they have utilized and they come back and say we have finished and accountability is here. That’s when I would agree with him,” Ainebyoona retorted.