KCCA budget shoots to Shs 458 billion

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The Kampala Capital City Authority-KCCA budget is estimated to increase to Shs 458.3 billion in the 2018/2017 financial year from Shs 314.4 billion this financial year.

The increase is largely buttressed on the increase in the World Bank funding for the second Kampala Institutional and Infrastructure Development Project (KIIDP-2).

KIIDP funding will increase from Shs 30.7 billion this financial year to Shs 158.8 billion in the new financial year, according to the budget frame work paper presented to KCCA councillors on Tuesday.

The Engineering and Technical Services Directorate which is responsible for road construction in Kampala will take the lion's share with Shs 246 billion.

The Physical Planning and Development Directorate will take Shs 4.7 billion, the Public Health, Water and Environment Directorate Shs 14.5 billion, Education and Social Services Directorate Shs 37.7 billion, Gender, Community Services and Production Shs 1.86 billion and Human Resource and Administration Directorate Shs 87.6 billion.

The Legal Affairs Directorate has been allocated Shs 12.4 billion, Political Governance Shs 17.8 billion, Directorate of Revenue CollectionServices Shs 2.98 billion, Directorate of Treasury Services Shs 2.96 billion, Directorate of Internal Audit Shs0.3 billion and Executive Support which includes public engagement, project management, budget engagements, strategic plan review among other activities Shs 4.65 billion.

The Authority will contribute Shs 116.6 billion to the budget from local revenue collections while the remaining portion will come from central government and external financiers, largely the World Bank.

The KCCA technical wing had earlier said that they would not present the budget framework paper to politicians but the Acting KCCA Deputy Executive Director, Sam Sserunkuma told council that the Kampala Minister, Beti Kamya advised them to first present the estimates to council before submitting the paper to the Finance ministry.

There has been an acrimonious relationship between the political and technical wing due to the latter's failure to devolve powers to Urban Divisions prompting the division mayors to snub the budgeting process. Some councillors walked out of the meeting as Sserunkuma read the budget estimates.

Only 12 councillors were remaining by the time Sserunkuma concluded presenting the budget estimates.

The budget couldn't be discussed since the available councillors couldn't raise the required quorum. At least 17 councillors are required to make quorum.

The Deputy Lord Mayor, Sarah Kanyike who chaired the council meeting deferred the budget discussion to unspecified date.

She directed the technical wing to submit the budget to the Finance Ministry as required by the law.

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