Finance and Planning


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Planning Unit mandate

The following legal instruments mandate the District planning Unit to coordinate the Local government planning function

i.      Article 125 of the Constitution of the Republic of Uganda (1995) and the subsequent Act of Parliament (Act No. 15 of 2002) creating the National Planning Authority (NPA) whose primary function is to produce comprehensive and integrated development plans for the country elaborated in terms of the perspective vision and the long-term and medium-term plans.

ii.    Article 176, (subsec.2b) of the Constitution of the Republic of Uganda (1995 as amended) which adopts decentralization as the principle applying to all levels of local government and, in particular, from higher to lower local government units to ensure peoples’ participation and democratic control in decision making;

iii.   Article 190 of the (1995) Constitution of the Republic of Uganda which mandates and obliges District Councils to prepare comprehensive and integrated development plans incorporating plans of LLGs for submission to the National Planning Authority

iv.    The Local Government Act, Cap 243 (Section 35 (1)) which designates District Councils as the planning authorities for the districts. The Act mandates the district technical planning committees to coordinate and integrate all the sectoral plans of lower level local for presentation to the district council (sect. 36, sub-sect. 2). The District Planning Unit Coordinates DTPC meetings

v.       The Public Financial Management Act 2015 Part II, Section9 subsections (1 & 2) where the Chief Administrative Officer in consultation with relevant stakeholders prepares a BFP for the vote, taking into consideration balanced development, gender and equity responsiveness and shall submit the BFP to the Minister by 15 November every financial year.

The above laws provide for decentralization, empowering local governments with the responsibility of:

-          Allocating public resources

-          Integrated participatory planning

-          Budgeting and

-          Investment management

 

Department profile indicating sector composition, Staffing and objectives

Sector composition:

The Planning function is fulfilled through seven sections namely;

-             District Planning

-             Planning office

-             Statistical data collection

-             Demographic data collection

-             Development planning

-             Operational planning and

-             demographic data collection

 

Objectives

1.   To facilitate the planning function in the District and Lower local governments in line with the District and National Development Plan and ensuring existence of District and lower local government development plans, annual work-plans and budgets

2.   To coordinate the District technical planning function

3.   To ensure a functional district statistical database

4.   To oversee/monitor the implementation of National and District priority programmes

  1. To ensure  coordination of Central Government and Development partner programmes
  2. To coordinate  the District monitoring and evaluation function for government policies and programmes

7.   To coordinate population issues in the District and ensuring integration of population issues/factors into development planning.

Current staffing levels in the District Planning Unit

Approved Posts as per District Structure

No.

Filled

Vacant

District Planner

1

1

0

Senior Planner

1

1

0

Population Officer

1

1

0

Stenographer secretary

1

0

0

Statistician

1

0

1

Assistant Statistical Officer

1

1

0

Driver

1

0

1

Total

6

4

2

 

N.B: The ongoing restructuring exercise has provided for only three staff in the District Planning Unit comprising of the District lanner, Senior Planner and Planner.

Arising out of the restructuring exercise, the District Planning Unit has been elevated to Department Status.

 

Major achievements/Review of previous performance (FY 2015/2016 and the 1st quarter FY 2016/17)

 

1.     Coordination of 16 DTPC

2.     Quarterly monitoring of Government and Development Partner programmes in the different sectors of the District

3.     Update of District statistical database/District profile

4.     Coordinated District level budget conference and formulated District Budget Framework Paper for FY 2016/2017

5.     Coordinated Central Government and Donor programmes

 

Challenges faced/experienced during FY 2015/2016 and 1st quarter 2015/2016

 

1.     Lack of transport means to enable proper coordination, monitoring and evaluation of development programmes as well as the planning function in the District 

2.     Failure by Implementing Partners to avail their budgets and work-plans for integration into the District Budget framework paper, Budget and other planning documents

3.     Inadequate funding to facilitate the Planning function up-to Parish level

 

 

 

 

Policy direction in FY 2017/2018

·         All Planning must focus on completion of ongoing/uncompleted projects rather than starting too many projects at the same time that end up stalling

·         Operation and maintenance of existing facilities

·         Planning must ensure protection of government lands through systematic demarcation and land titling

·         Environmental conservation through tree planting and protection of fragile ecosystems

·         Planning must take into consideration all crosscutting issues including environment, gender, poverty, human rights, governance, nutrition, climate change, urbanisation, physical planning, HIV/AIDS, Gender, e.t.c.

·         The planning timelines have been revised down wards line with the Public finance Act timelines to ensure timely planning, procurement and implementation of government programmes

·         Putting in place administrative capital such as office equipment, completion of administrative offices/facilities

·         Promotion of local Economic Development through tapping of local economic potentials such as local tourism and vale addition tourism

·         Increasing employment and wealth creation

·         Agricultural modernization and Value addition

·         Implementation of the National Nutrition Action Plan with emphasis on Food security and proper nutrition (to avoid malnutrition)

·         Promotion of Public Private Partnership(PPP)

 

Medium term Investment/expenditure priorities for FY2017/2018, 2019/2020 (citing outputs and location)

No.

Priorities/Outputs

2016/17

2017/18

2018/19

2019/20

1.    

Five year development plan 2015-2020 reviewed and annual work plans produced

 

Consolidated annual work plan and project profiles for the District

 

Midterm review report of DDP and annual work plans

Consolidated annual work plan and project profiles

Consolidated annual work plan and project

2.    

Monthly DTPC minutes

12

12

12

12

3.    

List of LLG development priorities

17

18

18

18

4.    

Lower Local Government 5 year Development plans

17

18

18

18

5.    

Integrated work-plans

1

1

1

1

6.    

District statistical abstract

1

1

1

1

7.    

Population status report

1

1

1

1

8.    

Quarterly reports on programme implementation and monitoring

4

4

4

4

9.    

District budget framework paper

1

1

1

1

10.                 

Central Government and Donor programmes coordinated

 

 

 

 

 

 

BAKESIIMA PATRICK

DISTRICT PLANNER

 

 

 

FINANCE

The sector is composed of five sub sectors

  1. Administration - this is headed by the Chief Finance officer is responsible for adherence to financial and accounting regulations.
  2. Revenue – This sector is headed by the Accountant in charge revenue and is critical for revenue collection and supervision.
  3. Book keeping – This is charged with the responsibility of ensuring that record transactions are recorded as they occur.
  4. Accounting – This is responsible for reports and Final Accounts
  5. Cash Office and Expenditure – This section ensures that funds are disbursed to the rightful people at all times.

Finance Department Staffing

Title

Salary scale

Approved posts

Occupied posts

Vacant posts

Chief Finance Officer

U1se

1


Principal Finance officer

U2

1

 

 

Senior Finance Officer

U3

1

 

 

Finance officer / Accountant

U4

1

 

 

Accountant i/c Budgeting

U4

1

 

 

Accountant i/c Expenditure

U4

1

 

 

5 Senior Accounts Assistant

U5

4

 

 

3 Accounts Assistant

U7

3

 

 

Secretary

U7

1

 

 

Office Attendant

U8

1

 

 

Driver

U8

1

 

TOTAL

 

16

 

 

 

Demographic Indicators

Total land area           2,375,3 km2
Total Population
(Projection 2014)
421,470
 Number of House holds    88,687
Total female (Projection 2014)   215,668
Total male (Projection 2014)    205,802
Population Density 173 Persons/Km

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