Ntungamo Municipality Struggles to Deliver Services

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In short
When Ntungamo was a town council, it used to receive up to 257 million shillings from the central government as conditional and non conditional grants. When it became a municipality no additional funding was released to the municipal council and yet the local revenue collected is low and unpredictable. The municipality collects 17 million shillings from the local revenue annually.

Ntungamo town is struggling to deliver services with the meager resources available a year after it was elevated to municipal status.

Ntungamo town council became a municipality last year together with 12 other town councils including Hoima, Kasese, Iganga and Bushenyi, Masindi, Rukungiri and Moroto among others.

The elevation of Ntungamo had an intention of extending services nearer to the people but one year down the road little impact is realized in the town.

When Ntungamo was a town council, it used to receive up to 257 million shillings from the central government as conditional and non conditional grants. When it became a municipality no additional funding was released to the municipal council and yet the local revenue collected is low and unpredictable. The municipality collects 17 million shillings from the local revenue annually.

John Karekyezi, a businessman in Ntungamo told URN that little impact is realized since they got a municipality. Karekyezi says the services they had thought would be extended to them are not there.

The businessman says garbage is still littered all over town, while there is no drainage system, clean water and other services.

Joseph Katungwesi, a boda boda cyclist near the Ntungamo taxi park says all they can see is the planting of flowers in the town center but services to help people cannot be seen. He says they expected to have safe and good roads in the municipality but nothing is done.

Thomas Karekyere, the assistant town clerk says all the people’s demands need to be addressed but the municipality lacks sufficient funds.

Karekyere says roads, clean water, garbage collection, and re-planning the town are still major challenges and cannot be fulfilled unless the center increases funding.