Kampala – Three months in office,Dorothy Kisaka,the Executive Director of Kampala Capital City Authority challenged the government to increase funding to the authority for the smooth running of the city.
Kisaka made the call on Wednesday (November 18, 2020), during a press conference to give an account of her first 100 days since she took over office as KCCA ED.
According to Kisaka, at least 60% of Uganda’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) comes from Kampala city but less than 2% of the national budget is given back to the city.
“We need at least 10% of the revenue to remain in the city center if we are to make meaningful development,” Kisaka said.
This financial year 2020/21 government allocated sh406b to the city, out of the sh45 trillion national budget. In the 2019/2020 budget, government allocated Shs520b to KCCA.
It should also be noted that 72% of the revenue collected by the Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) is generated by Kampala.
Insufficient funding has been a big challenge to service delivery with many projects planned by the city management but not implemented.
Some of the challenges that the city needs to address include, lighting the city, getting vendors off the street, littering, incomplete roads, open manholes, delayed building permits, illegal structures, very few toilets, traffic congestion.
At the same function, Kisaka and her team unveiled new Connection channels with the Public in order to get feedback negative or positive that will shape up the City.
Today marks exactly 111 days since Kisaka walked into City Hall as the Executive Director of KCCA.
She took oath on July 30, in a colorful ceremony presided over by the Head of Public service John Mitala, and attended by the Minister of Kampala, Betty Amongin, and the Lord Mayor, Erias Lukwago.