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Bukenya tips local council leaders

By Vision Reporter

Added 26th January 2007 03:00 AM

LOCAL governments should dedicate their time and funds to serving people diligently, the Vice-President, Professor Gilbert Bukenya, has said.

By Grace Agaba

LOCAL governments should dedicate their time and funds to serving people diligently, the Vice-President, Professor Gilbert Bukenya, has said.

“You must ensure that government funds are accounted for, otherwise misusing these resources is another form of corruption.”

He decried the tendency of the local governments getting divided along political lines and instead challenged them to unite.

Bukenya also noted that the LRA could no longer halt the peace process, and asked local governments to support people returning from IDP camps.

He pointed out the major challenge of the district authorities was offering guidance: “Local Governments must solve problems innovatively. As front-line fighters of development, you must expose the people you lead to production.”

Bukenya was on Friday officiating at the 13th annual general meeting of the Uganda Local Government Association which was held at the World Vision centre in Gulu. The association brings together all district authorities.

The association donated relief items to support the internally displaced people, which were handed over to the disaster management unit, for distribution.

Liz Nkongi, the association’s communications officer, said the items were meant to increase productivity in the north.

The association asked the central Government to desist from assuming control on appointment of staff like agriculture, veterinary, chief finance and education officers.

They also want the Constitution amended to guide them in the multi-party setting.

Bukenya tips local council leaders

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