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Political Disputes Hindering Service Delivery in Ugandan Districts

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political disputes hindering service delivery in ugandan districts
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In the 15 refugee-hosting districts across West Nile, mid-western, south-western, and Acholi sub-regions of Uganda, the $200 million Development Response to Displacement Impacts Project (DRDIP) is currently underway. Kyegegwa District chairperson, John Byamukama Kisoke, has voiced concerns about the detrimental impact of ongoing disputes among political leaders on the effective delivery of public services.

Mr. Kisoke identified allegations and the formation of cliques as primary contributors to the decline in service delivery across several districts. He highlighted the persistent disagreements among councillors, which often result in the district council’s inability to approve budgets as a significant issue.

Speaking during a two-day educational visit by the Lamwo District Council team to Kyegegwa District, Mr. Kisoke called upon district councillors to abandon conflicts and prioritize service delivery. He emphasized that unnecessary conflicts have led to reduced revenue collection and hindered development.

“In Kyegegwa, we have never experienced council conflicts. We are united here. If we had conflicts like in other districts, I doubt that Lamwo [District team] would be visiting us today,” remarked Mr. Kisoke. “We have never encountered situations where district councillors refuse to pass the budget. Our focus is on our people – the voters. We are dedicated to enhancing the quality of service delivery. Our vision is to set an example among rural districts in Uganda.”