The Minister for Kampala Betty Amongi has reported a sharp increase in revenue collection of up to 197% between 2010 and 2020 which she attributed to automation of revenue mobilization system that abolished cash collection and corruption.
Amongi highlighted the achievement as one of the pledges made in the NRM 2016 election manifesto.
While presenting the performance report for the Ministry of Kampala and Metropolitan Affairs at the Office of the Prime Minister on Friday, Amongi said that the system eliminated human interface.
“From 2010/2011 to 2019/2020, there has been an increase in revenue collection by 197% between 2010 to 2020 and by 6% in the period between 2015 to 2020. We as a city and Greater Metropolitan contribute almost 70% of the revenue,” said Amongi.
“Automated revenue systems have been put in place. Now people go and pay directly to the Bank and there is no interaction with our technical people and this has contributed to decrease of corruption,” she said.
She added that they completed the computer aided mass valuation for all city properties, successfully implemented Public Finance Management Reforms in a bid to curb corruption with automating revenue processes to reduce human interface, introduction of anti-corruption toll-free numbers, among others.
“On full implementation of new rates, the exercise is expected to increase KCCA revenue by 55%,” she added.
On the pledge to construct the flyover connecting Kitgum House along Jinja Road and Clock Tower with Mukwano road widened, Amongi reported that the implementation status stands at 17%.
The flyover is to be built in a bid to curb among others congestion and traffic in the city.
“Phase 1 of the project for civil works for the construction of the Kampala flyover over Kitgum House and Clocktower and widening of Mukwano road commenced in 2019 and currently, it is at 17% implementation status,” said Amongi.
On the challenge of poor drainage system which makes Kampala city flooded during rainy times, the Minister said multiple kilometers of drainage have been constructed.
“We have completed so far the reconstruction of 23km of community drainage. We are done with construction of 31 community drainage.”
She added that over 159km of drainage are being maintained each year.