New members of local councils in 53 districts across the country are set to benefit from orientation organized by the U.S. Mission and the British High Commission.
According to a Feb.07 statement, the sessions are intended to help leaders at the district, municipality, and sub-country levels to learn their roles and responsibilities, allowing them to be more responsive and effective in dealing with the needs of their constituents which in the end will not only improve service delivery but also accountability at the local level.
In a statement, U.S. Ambassador to Uganda Deborah R. Malac noted the importance of local government, which is at the heart of responding to citizens’ demands and improving service delivery. “Our hope is that investing in leadership development at the sub-national level will ensure that local authorities, civil society, and the central government will work together to improve the quality of education, promote transparency, and ensure access to quality health care.”
On average, nearly 70% of local councilors are serving in their first term, with little prior government experience.