Resident District Commissioners (RDCs) and their deputies are set to receive brand new cars in the forthcoming financial year, Business Focus reports.
According to a recent Report of Parliament’s Budget Committee on the National Budget Framework Paper for 2018/19-2022/23, inadequate facilitation for RDCs has resulted into poor service delivery.
The Committee observed that facilitation to conduct effective monitoring of Government programs is underfunded to the tune of Shs5.308 bn.
“Members noted that inadequate facilitation for RDC’s to monitor government programs leads to poor service delivery and poor implementation of Government programs,” the Committee report reads in part.
The Committee further observed a huge funding gap of Shs17.76bn to procure 120 vehicles for the RDCs and DRDCs as the cost of maintaining the old fleet is extremely exorbitant in addition to the desire to procure vehicles for RDCs in newly created Districts.
“The Committee further recommends that Shs17.76bn be provided to enable the Office of the President procure the 12O vehicles both for replacement of the old fleet and for the new districts,” the report says. If approved, RDCs and their deputies will receive new cars in 2018/19.
It should be noted that the 2018/19 budget is estimated to be Shs29.274 trillion, according to the National Budget Framework Paper (NBFP) for Financial Year 2018/19.
If approved in its current form, it will mean that the 2018/19 budget will slightly increase by over Shs200bn from the 2017/18 budget.
Out of the estimated Shs29.274trillion budget, Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) is expected to collect Shs15.5 trillion, of which Shs15.1 trillion is tax revenue and Shs418 billion is non-tax revenue. If approved, URA’s target will be Shs500bn higher than the 2017/18 budget.