Authorities decry lack of operational funds in Mbarara district
Authorities in Rubindi-Ruhumba town council in Kashari north, Mbarara district have announced their decision to renounce some staff due to lack of funds to pay them.
Francis karugaba, the mayor Rubindi-Ruhumba town council noted that since September last year they have never received money from central government that was collected from local revenue under the Integrated Revenue Administration System (IRAS).
This system was introduced by government in July 2022 as the new system of collecting taxes in all districts.
Karugaba revealed that they have decided to put the enforcement officers and casual laborers on leave until they get money from the government.
Karugaba also called upon government to come to their rescue because if the situation does not change, they are likely to close the offices due to lack of funds to operate the town council.
Relatedly, the operation of Bukiiro Sub-county in Mbarara district is hanging in balance after the ministry of finance failed to provide a budget allocation for the new administrative unit.
Innocent Baguma, the Chairperson LC III Bukiiro Sub-county said that the sub-county operates without a budget which is difficult to function.
He questioned why the government has failed to operationalize the administrative unit, yet they went ahead and conducted elections.
Bukiiro Sub-county was curved out of Bukiiro Town Council and is one of the 364 sub counties which the government approved and created in 2021.