Partisan leadership, self centeredness and limited resources have hindered the effective service delivery of parliament according to the Ndorwa East Member of Parliament Wilfred Niwagaba.
The legislator made the remarks on Saturday at Cephas Inn in Kabale municipality during the parliamentary public outreach program for Kigezi sub region. The first project of this Kind was initiated by parliament of Uganda starting with Kigezi sub region, including two districts from Ankole sub region.
The project brought together all local government leaders from Kabale, Kosoro,Kanungu, Rubanda, Rukiga, Rukungiri, Ntungamo,and Isingiro districts and discussed about how the parliament of Uganda and the local governments could work together to spark effective service delivery. Area members of parliament attended, including the clerk to parliament Jane L. Kibirige.
Niwagaba said that most legislators are in parliament to serve their political parties and that it had largely affected service delivery in the country.
“Partisan politics, self centeredness of some honorable member s of parliament who serve their own interests and limited resources have hindered service delivery of parliamentarians” he said.
Catherine Ndamira, the Kabale district woman legislator speaking on the matter called for unity among the legislators. She said that lack of cooperation among the legislators especially because of political parties has pulled back the country.
She warned against partisan politics if the country was to realize excellent service delivery.
David Bahati, the state minister for planning in the ministry of finance and the Ndorwa East legislator who represented the ailing speaker of parliament said that service delivery in the country was being crawled by rampant corruption and the available little revenue in the country.
He lauded the state house anti-corruption department that has arrested several local government leaders on allegations of corruption.
Bahati also warned local government leaders to effectively use the funds delivered to them by the central government to avoid the state house anti-corruption watchdog.
“You are my friends but if you are arrested over corruption, never say that you know me” Bahati said.