KCCA Leaders Urged to Embrace Timely Accountability and Service to the People

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In a recent training session held at Garuga, the Deputy National Coordinator of the Parish Development Model (PDM), Jovrine Kaliisa, highlighted the importance of timely accountability and dedicated service delivery to Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) Councilors. Addressing councilors from the opposition party, Kaliisa emphasized the need for adhering to committed work plans and budgets in order to effectively represent the areas they serve.

During the training session focused on mindset change, Kaliisa reminded the councilors that their primary responsibility is to the people and not to any political party. Regardless of their affiliations, these leaders have been entrusted by their constituents to fulfill their roles with dedication and transcend personal interests and political divisions.

“Tomorrow when giving accountability to your voters, you will give it alone. If they ask you to step aside and let someone else serve, it means you have not met their expectations. Leaders need to honor the trust put in them by their voters and deliver services,” Kaliisa emphasized.

Kaliisa advised the councilors to focus on timely execution and remain dedicated to serving the people. She urged them to prioritize the essential aspects of their responsibilities and set aside anything that does not contribute to the welfare of the community.

“Let us start by doing small things, by working for Uganda and praising it, go with what makes sense and what works, leave out what does not work and make sense, as time is not on our side, the term of office is five years, we have already covered more than half, take services to the people and let your work speak for you, and let people make their own decisions,” said Kaliisa.

The Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Local Government, Benjamin Kumumanya, highlighted the three major reasons for decentralization – governance, decision-making, and advocacy. Kumumanya emphasized the importance of councilors becoming the voice of their people, bringing services closer to the populace.

Decisions that directly affect the lives of citizens should be made at the local level, rather than being dictated by central authorities. Kumumanya referred to a study conducted by a commission of professors, which recommended the election of councilors from village levels in order to strengthen governance, decision-making, and advocacy.

Kumumanya also addressed the issue of corruption, urging councilors to report any corrupt officials. He emphasized that the fight against corruption is crucial for the country’s progress and development. By staying vigilant and holding accountable those who engage in corrupt practices, these leaders can contribute to the well-being of the people they represent.

As the training session progressed, councilors were reminded of their vital role as supervisors of government projects and their responsibility to ensure the provision of essential services such as education, healthcare, and immunization. The importance of timely accountability and dedicated service delivery was once again stressed to encourage councilors to fulfill their duties effectively.

With calls for timely accountability, dedication, and the fight against corruption, it is hoped that KCCA councilors will embrace these principles and work tirelessly for the betterment of the people they serve. By prioritizing the needs of their constituents above all else, these leaders can bring about positive change and foster development in their respective areas.

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