Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) revenue rose to sh39bn from sh30bn in the last financial year.
In this financial year, KCCA had projected sh44bn.The 30% increase in revenue collection was attributed to the takeover of the collection of revenue by KCCA in various areas including taxi operation fees, markets, property rates and business licenses.
While presenting KCCA’s annual performance report of 2011/2012 last evening, the city executive director Jennifer Musisi.
Though there was an increase in revenue collection, the report indicates that KCCA encountered some challenges in trying to improve infrastructure in the city.
This was due to budget cuts totaling to sh13bn which negatively impacted on the execution of the work plan as passed by the authority.
Critical areas affected include road network, school facilitation grants, NAADS, Primary Health Care (PHC), Local Government Management and service Delivery Programme (LGMSD) and Job stimulus package. The report also pointed out that the delay in the formation of a functional physical planning committee had affected the development of the city.
According to the report, initially the central Government had allocated 101bn to KCCA but reduced it to sh98bn.
During last evenings meeting the Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago and some councillors challenged the validity of the annual budget performance report.
“May we know whether the annual budget, you implemented had been signed by the Lord Mayor? When did we convene and discuss what you implemented? “Lukwago asked.
Lukwago also said the report did not show how much funds were allocated to each city division.
Resty Orama, Makindye division councillor asked whether the committee handling the youth fund had powers to allocate the funds without notifying the authority members.
In her response, Musisi told them that they had spent a year without convening authority meetings.
“In the absence of the authority meetings, where could I have reported all those issues,” she explained.
Musisi said if the report was invalid, there was no need to continue discussing it.
“You are challenging the validity of the report and at the same time you are quoting it. If you disown it, let’s stop talking about it,” she said.
Source: New Vision