By Peter Ssebulime
Kampala: Officials of Kampala Capital City Authority have tabled a preliminary budget framework paper indicating that the Authority will need a total of Shs325.44Bn for the Financial Year 2020/2021.
This was revealed by the Acting Director for the Treasury at KCCA Don Kitabire before the council sitting chaired by the Deputy Lord Mayor Sarah Kanyike on Monday, who said that out of the estimated budget, Shs294.94Bn will be from the central government, Shs30.5Bn from the Uganda Road Fund and no external funding is expected.
The KCCA supplementary budget also provides Shs69Bn to be allocated to city divisions as a result of devolution.
However, a number of councilors did not support the budget, since many of them said it is ever reducing.
Moses Okwera, the Nakawa I Councilor, aaid that “The budget started at over Shs650Bn but has since reduced to Shs300Bn, even after holding several meetings with President Yoweri Museveni and showing him the need for more funds to run the city.”
But in response, the Acting Deputy Executive Director Samuel Sserunkuuma revealed that it’s the responsibility of the elected leaders to lobby for funds that will run the institution.
The Council sitting was also updated on the budget releases for the Financial Year 2019/2020 by the national treasury that out of Shs551Bn they have so far received Shs283.62Bn, of which Shs121Bn has been spent, leaving a balance of Shs150Bn.