FULL LIST: HERE ARE MINISTERS & OFFICIALS FRUSTRATING SERVICE DELIVERY IN KAMPALA CITY
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By Mulengera Reporters
At a glamorous ceremony at Imperial Royale Hotel on Wednesday, KCCA unveiled a grand IT-enabled innovation (CAM-CAMV) aimed at boosting revenue collection in order to enable Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago, ED Dorothy Kisaka and other leaders at City Hall and the five City Divisions to serve the people of Kampala while delivering social services more efficiently. Gratefully, this is something we already reported about and here is our earlier story for reference https://mulengeranews.com/top-leaders-speak-one-language-as-new-plan-to-transform-kampala-is-launched-at-royale/.
As was referenced by a number of speakers at the launch, noncompliance by property owners when it comes to meeting ground rent-related obligations is one of the major challenges KCCA continues to face in its efforts to raise revenue required to finance social services provision. And ironically, a number of Ministries Departments and Agencies of government (MDAs) rank highly among defaulters of ground rent which is one of the key revenue sources on which the City Authority has relied for years. All property/land owners in Kampala are, by law, obliged to annually pay a tax called ground rent to KCCA in relation to the property they own/operate business upon and that is one of the major sources from which the City Authority ideally must earn money to be able to sustainably finance social services provision.
In this part I of the investigations Mulengera News has conducted, we reflect on some of the bad-mannered and defiant MDAs which over the years have been reneging on their ground rent-payment obligations. In total, all the 21 MDAs combined owe KCCA over Shs4.6bn in ground rent arrears. This is at a time the City Authority badly needs money to finance the provision of social services to city residents.
And the dilemma for KCCA is that, even when this defaulting has been going on for years, there isn’t much that can be done to enforce compliance because of the obvious political and logistical complications involved. The Uganda Police Force alone owes KCCA Shs686m relating to its numerous buildings which haven’t been paying ground rent.
Yet that isn’t all. There are many other defaulting MDAs including Matia Kasaija/Ruth Sebatindira-supervised UTL/Uganda Telecom Ltd (Shs103m), Office of the President (Shs505m), Stanley Sendegeya-led Uganda Railways Corporation (Shs110m), Uganda Energy Transmission Company Ltd (Shs100m), UEDCL (Shs122m), Kamwokya-based UEGCL (Shs24m), Ministry of Agriculture buildings along Buganda Road (Shs82m), UNRA/relating to their Kyambogo premises (Shs40m), Butabika-based CPHL/headed by Dr. Suzan Nabadda Ndidde (Shs59m), Okoth Ochola-led Uganda Police Force (686m) and Mbuya-based Defense Ministry in Nakawa Division (Shs124m).
Others are Gen Edward Katumba Wamala-headed Works & Transport Ministry (Shs232m), Uganda Post Ltd/basically Posta Uganda (Shs267m), Minister Muruli Mukasa-headed Ministry of Public Service (Shs86m), Mulago Hospital Complex (Shs972m/KCCA would receive all the bashing were they to close it down for noncompliance), Uganda Broadcasting Corporation (Shs145m), National Cultural Center/National Theatre (Shs46m), Dr. Jackson Orem-led Uganda Cancer Institute (Shs77m), Uganda National Examinations Board (UNEB/Shs92m) and Minister Sam Cheptoris-headed Ministry of Water & Environment based in Luzira Nakawa Division (Shs228m).
What is even more intriguing is the fact that majority of these ground rent noncompliant prime properties are located in the Central Business District where KCCA always realizes up to over 70% of its revenue collection because it’s the place where most of the taxable economic activities take place. It also goes without saying that this very glaring noncompliance by all these MDAs is one of the key factors constraining the City Authority’s efforts to improve service delivery.
Sources close to her say that Kampala Minister Hajjat Minsa Kabanda is equally appalled and intends to table the matter, regarding noncompliant MDAs, in Cabinet so that Gen Museveni can be moved to crack the whip on Ministers charged with overseeing the noncompliant MDAs.
Parliament is equally aware and there is keenness to comprehensively inquire into the matter so that the concerned accounting officers can be brought to book and compelled to explain why they are reneging on such very clear statutory obligations. “It’s a matter we as Parliament must inquire into thoroughly because we appropriate money for each of these MDAs to meet all these obligations. We are key stakeholders in Kampala because it’s the city where majority of us live even when we represent constituencies upcountry,” says an MP who sits on the Presidency & Foreign Affairs Committee which oversees cash-strapped KCCA among other MDAs. (For comments on this story, call, text or whatsapp us on 0705579994, 0779411734, 0200900416 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org).