Kagadi District fails to utilise UGX1.2 Bn over insubstantial service commission

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KAGADI– Kagadi District Local Government is likely to return 1.2billion shillings to the National treasury as unspent funds for the financial year 2020/2021.

The Public Finance Management Act 2015 section 17(2) stipulates that a local government that does not spend money that was appropriated to a particular vote for the financial year shall at the close of the financial year, return the money to the Consolidated Fund as at 30 June.

The UGX1.2 billion was meant for the recruitment of more employees in the district.

However, the district lacks a substantive district service commission and efforts to approve names for the commission by the district council have hit a snag.

In a motion moved by the district vice chairperson John Alibankoha, presented four names which included; Emmanuel Sentamu as chairperson, Sr Daisy Nakanwagi, Mbabazi Iga and Bishop Kazoba Fred as members of the commission.

While presenting the names during a council meeting held at Kagadi district community hall on Thursday evening, Alibankoha explained that the district currently has no service commission after the term of office of the old commission expired a month ago and appealed to the council to approve the names.

However, the councilors rejected the nominees saying that they cannot approve them before being scrutinized.

The district speaker Magezi Muwonge also supported the councilors and rejected the move and pushed the proposal to a future in identified sitting.

Meanwhile, the District Chief Administrative officer for Kagadi District Mathias Ndifuna advised the councilors to approve the commission or resolve to hire the service commission from the neighboring districts to help in the recruitment of civil servants or else the UGX1.2 billion be returned to the treasury.