Gov’t given 30 days to organise LC elections

The Shadow Cabinet has given a 30-day-ultimatum to the government to organise Local Council (LCI and LCII) elections.

This follows the expiry of the term of office for LCI and II chairpersons on July 10.

The Electoral Commission failed to organise the elections this month due to lack of funds.

It had requested Shs90 billion for the elections but the finance ministry only provided Shs36 billion.

Addressing the media at parliament this (Wednesday) morning, the shadow cabinet led by the Shadow Minister for Local Government also Wakiso District Woman MP, Ethel Naluyima, said village and parish chairpersons play a vital role in the society, so their offices cannot stay vacant for long.

She adds that the vacuum will affect security and will also paralyse many economic activities, especially in real estate where land transitions require an LC1 stamp.

“How can they fail to get the money? This is a country that runs a political budget full of financial indiscipline. If in the first quarter releases, they have released beyond and above what they had planned in the budget, so, how can you inform Ugandans that we don’t have money? We have the money and they will improvise and have it,” Ms Naluyima said

Shadow Minister for Education who doubles as Luweero Woman MP, Brenda Nabukenya has threatened to mobilise Ugandans to protest the delay by government to provide funds to the EC to organise LC elections.

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