27 October 2016

Uganda: Staff Shortage Cripples Work in Wakiso Divisions

Masaka — Officials at the newly created municipal councils in Makindye/Ssabagabo, Wakiso District have decried the lack of staff and asked the Ministry of Local Government to expedite the recruitment process. The Makindye-Ssabagabo deputy mayor Mr Ben Kiwanuka said only 15 of the 90 staff needed are available.

"Even the available staff are just hired from Entebbe Municipality and Wakiso District headquarters. We sent our request indicating the number of staff needed but the district service commission has not yet conducted the interviews," Mr Kiwanuka said during an interview with Daily Monitor on Tuesday.

The most affected departments include; treasury, Operation Wealth Creation, engineering and health. Mr Kiwanuka said they are committed to improving lives of residents but their efforts have always been hindered by inadequate staffing.

He said this financial year, they had projected to collect Shs3.5 billion from property tax, Shs1 billion from plan fees, Shs500 million from trading licenses, Shs200 million from occupation permits, Shs59 million from billboards and other related media adverts but there are fears such revenue may not be realised due to lack of staff to collect it.

The anticipated budget for the financial year 2016/17 is Shs10.183 billion. Locally generated revenue is projected to be Shs4.8 billion, while Shs5.9 billion is expected to come from government. Makindye Ssabagabo comprises three divisions including Ndejje, Bunamwaya and Masajja.

But Wakiso District deputy chief administrative officer, Mr Wasswa Masokoyi, said the problem is not limited to Makindye-Ssabagabo.

"Even Kiira, Nansana and Entebbe areas are facing a similar problem but as their mother, we have assigned some of our staff to help them until recruitment of staff is done," Masokoyi said.

Recruitment of staff in the newly created administrative units in Wakiso District has remained a sticky issue and it has affected service delivery in the district.

Problem

The Makindye-Ssabagabo deputy mayor, Mr Ben Kiwanuka, said only 15 of the 90 staff needed are available and this has greatly affected service delivery.

Blame. Mr Kiwanuka says they sent a request indicating the number of staff needed but the district service commission but interviews are yet to be conducted.

Affected. The most affected departments include; treasury, Operation Wealth Creation, engineering and health.

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