Local leaders-LCI chairperson in Mukono district appeals to government consider giving better incentives to the village council office since it has proved to be the fulcrum of major government projects.
This week, the government delivered bicycles to aid transportation of Local Council chairpersons in Mukono district in fulfilment of a presidential pledge made to them ten years ago.
However, most of them claim bicycle era is now of the old times. The best and effective means of transport is the use of motorcycles.
Richard Lugoloobi, the Kiwanga LCI chairperson says they are operating in areas which require motorcycles to expeditiously execute duties and various responsibilities before them.
Another chairperson Rose Nakato notes that many of them have gone past the level of riding because of advanced age.
Nonetheless, Mukono LC5 Chairperson Rev. Peter Bakaluba Mukasa says the delayed distribution of bicycles was inevitable but appeals to the Local leaders to use the bicycles for their intended objectives.
He notes that currently the government would wish to give out the best means of transport but it financially strained.
“The bicycles, unlike the ones distributed to NRM chairpersons, are government property. In cases where the LC1 Chairperson left the area, the bicycle should be used by the committee member serving in that position to deliver services,” Rev. Bakaluba says.
In 2011, the government allocated 11 billion Shillings for the procurement of bicycles to 70,000 LCI and LCII chairpersons to facilitate them monitor government programmes countrywide.
The procurement was, however, halted following allegations of corruption by some government officials who misappropriated up to 4.6 billion Shillings from the money allocated for the project.