MPs Create Extra 230 Seats For Councilors

The cost of public administration is expected to rise after parliament created more 230 seats for councilors.


This development comes after plans to widen the size of parliament in terms of numbers have also been finalized.

The next parliament is expected to have over 400 legislators due to new constituencies and districts that are in offing.

However, before this move kicks off, the parliamentarians have also remembered those at district level after agreeing to create extra 224 more seats in all districts.

This was finalized last week during the debate on Local Government Amendment Act 2014.

The bill was championed by local government minister Adolf Mwesige and was meant to among other things provide for election of village chairmen through open voting as opposed to secret ballot.

During this debate, workers MP Arinaitwe Rwakajara mooted a proposal which was backed by all members seeking to expand the size of district council by creating two more seats of both male and female councilors.

He moved the motion on grounds that workers are the only special interest groups who have been segregated at district level in the last 30 years NRM has been in power and yet according to him, the workers’ payroll has been decentralized under the office of CAO who reports to the district council.

“It is therefore important that there is a representative of workers at that level to ensure that any problems affecting the workers are adequately addressed while council is considering such a report,” he told parliament chaired by speaker Rebecca Kadaga.

He also stated that there was need to create independent representation of workers especially when labour officers are handling disputes between employers and employees.

In addition, Rwakajara told parliament that due to lack of workers’ reps at districts, many wrong people and conmen are exploiting naïve youths in districts who promise them good jobs in foreign countries but end up being sodomized, drug traffickers and prostitutes.

After this move, Rwakajara is now plotting to table a private members’ bill forcing government to up in place Minimum Wage.

In total currently, there are 112 districts meaning that the district councils will have more 224 councilors excluding new districts that are going to be created.

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