The local government system is the life of the 2040 vision
By Nsubuga Mukedi
KAMAPALA – On May 4, the media were inundated with a topical article on local government management titled “Revitalizing the Local Government System” in Uganda.
The story was fueled by the one and only Lady Rosa Malango, Resident Coordinator and United Nations Representative in Uganda.
The story was a supplement in honor of the workers’ contribution to national development, organized by United Nations member states every May 1, of which Uganda is an integral part.
This year’s Labor Day was officially held in Kalangala District under the national theme “Promoting Public Spirit in the Public Sector”.
Many thanks to Mrs. Rosa Malango for this insightful and knowledge-rich wisdom propelled to Uganda at zero cost.
Local governments are local because they are closer to the people. Their proximity to local citizens makes them a favorite for effective community development. Their relevance to society is based on their ability to respond effectively, efficiently and appropriately to community challenges.
So I congratulate some local governments in Uganda who through thick and thin have a good job to show the public.
Big up our serious local governments. Uganda’s community challenges are endless. They range from massive household poverty to absolute community poverty, local authority poverty and perhaps central government poverty which slows down the adequate provision of services and resources to appropriate spending units at the local level.
Due to this even distribution of poverty, other factors in addition, most of our communities are extremely plagued with a high number of bad, neglected or ignored public facilities such as roads, medical facilities, schools. , poorly managed transformation programs, etc. The United Nations can come here to provide holistic support for transformational and sustainable development.
While local communities are essential for ensuring local community development, their overall share in the national budget is still lacking. A staggering 15% annual share is too low to cause significant transformation at the local level.
This income inequality coupled with the endless creation of new neighborhoods and urban authorities seriously depletes our envelope of local resources for development.
The meager and hard-earned resources are primarily intended to finance welfare management for the huge human resource base that normally accompanies these new creations, rather than adequately investing in local economic development for all. It is therefore necessary to reorganize this desperate trend.
The strategic tactic of excellence for local governments around the world is to ensure adequate funding, transparency, accountability and efficient service delivery at all times. Local governments in Uganda cater for the largest population and therefore their share in the overall national budget should be over 50% if meaningful development is to be achieved at lower local levels.
This approach, if implemented, will help spread the economy quickly and adequately across Uganda, primarily from the present-day greater Kampala region.
Ubuntu, obuntu bulamu or bulungi bwansi literally translates to “promoting public spirit in the public sector” remains a major development challenge in Uganda in situations of selfishness, greed, corruption with impunity, ignorance, massive unemployment and excessive waste of public spending at the expense of the poor. As a result of this vice, each has cultivated a tendency to be for himself and Almighty God for all of us!
To cultivate effective patriotism, public property, or the public spirit, one must understand the needs of society and adequately respond to them just in time. This is what humanitarian organizations like the United Nations, Rotary International and the Kingdom of Buganda do, among others, to become the lifelong darlings of the communities they serve.
This emulated approach is the sure way to successfully implement Vision 2040 for Uganda.
The author is a development consultant and
Principal scientist in public management.