1.0 Purpose of the Department:

To promote democratic governance, advocacy, transparency and accountability in Local Governments.

1.1 Key Functions:

  1. To enhance the capacity of Local Governments to deliver quality services.
  2. To supervise and coordinate operations of Local Governments.
  3. To present requests of Local Governments for development programmes to line ministries.
  4. To evolve skills development for Local Government staff to deal with the challenges of decentralization process.
  5. To present, protect and defend local administration interests at all levels.
  6. To put in place mechanisms for equitable sharing of resources in the various Local Governments.
  7. To provide support supervision to Local Governments.
  8. To analyze reports from Local Governments and tender appropriate advice.

1.2 Key Outputs:

  1. Capacity of Local Governments to deliver services enhanced.
  2. Operations of Local Governments properly coordinated and supervised.
  3. Development programme requests of Local Governments presented to line ministries.
  4. Skills development for Local Government staff evolved.
  5. Local Government interests’ presented, protected and defended at all levels.
  6. Mechanisms for equitable distribution of resources among Local Governments put in place.
  7. Support supervision of Local Governments provided.
  8. All reports from Local Governments analyzed and appropriate advice tendered. Supported OPM in establishing Governance structures in Bulambuli Resentment scheme for flood and landslides
  9. Carried out Seasonal Livelihood Programming (SLP) and Commuinity Based Participatory in Isingiro, Kyegegwa, Moroto and Kotido  LGs in conjunction with World Food Programme
  10. Carried out support supervision in 16 LGs

 

 

 

1.4 Mandate

The mandate of the Ministry of Local Government is to guide, harmonise, mentor and advocate for all Local Governments in support to Governments vision to bring about Socio-economic transformation of the Country.

1.5 Key functions of the Ministry

The above mission and mandate of the Ministry translate into the following broad functions;

  1. Ensuring that Local Governments comply with the statutory requirements and adhere to National policies and standards.

 

  1. Ensuring that Local Governments are transparent and accountable to the people in the way they utilize public resources, so that development occurs.

 

  1. Facilitating the implementation of the decentralization policy and enhancing democratic governance in the country by developing and reviewing systems, structures, statutory instruments and guidance on local governance. This is done through preparation and dissemination of guidelines for purposes of compliance.

 

 

  1. Building capacity of both human and institutions in the Local Governments for efficient and effective service delivery to the citizens.

 

  1. Promoting Local Economic Development (LED) as the sixth pillar of decentralization, in support of wealth creation at the household level, with the view of raising taxable incomes and reducing dependency.

 

2.0 Sector Policy and Strategic Frame Work      

The Ministry’s policy and strategic thrust is anchored by the Government’s overall blue print for socio-economic transformation, as set out in the 2nd National Development Plan. In addition, the Ministry’s programmes and work plans have also been informed by the following key strategic initiatives.

2.1 The Decentralization Policy Strategic Framework (DPSF) 2013-2023

The DPSF constitutes an over- arching mechanism for coordination, programme implementation and resource allocation in the Local Government Sector. The current DPSF re-affirms the democratic tenet and broadly outlines strategies for implementation of various facets of decentralization policy over the period 2013-2023.

2.2 Local Government Sector Strategic Plan (LGSSP) 2013-2023

GoU has over the years pursued deliberate policy to shift away from a project- driven approach to public investment, towards formulation of comprehensive, sector-wide programmes and investment plans, involving the participation of all stakeholders.

Within this context, the Local Government Sector Strategic Plan (LGSSP 2013-2023) was developed as a framework for guiding Local Government Sector investments towards areas considered critical for improving democratization, service delivery and good governance. The LGSSP focuses on six key strategic areas, namely: (i) Service delivery, (ii) Administrative and Political decentralization, (iii) Fiscal decentralization, (iv)Transparency, Accountability and Integrity and (v) Local Economic Development.

2.3 Local Government Sector

The Local Government Sector was created under Cabinet Minute Extract 532 (CT 2018) Clause 26, where Cabinet directed the Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development (MoFPED) to create a new Sector to comprise the Ministry of Local Government, the Local Government Finance Commission (LGFC) and all Local Government Votes. The Sector was created to cater for the uniqueness of Issues related to Local Governments and implementation of the Decentralization Policy.

The Sector draws its Mandate from Articles 176(2) (a), (d), (e), and (g) and 194 of the Constitution on implementation of the Decentralization Policy, the Local Governments Act, Cap 243 and the Decentralization Policy Framework.

The Local Government Sector is composed of the Ministry of Local Government, the Local Government Finance Commission and all Local Governments.

 

Sector Coordination Structures

2.4.1 Leadership Committee

There is Sector Leadership Committee that will constituted to provide leadership and policy guidance to the Sector. The Leadership Committee will meet at least twice in a year. As such, the Sector Steering Committee will report to the Leadership Committee

2.4.2 Steering Committee

There is Sector Steering Committee that will provide overall guidance to the Sector. As such, the Sector Working Group will report to the Sector Steering Committee

2.4.3 Sector Working Group

There are Sector Working Groups (SWGs), these  are technical working fora, within the overall arrangement of Sector Wide Approaches to Planning (SWAP), in which the Government and other  Stakeholders (e.g. Development Partners and CSOs)  discuss and gain consensus on inter and intra Sectoral planning, priority interventions, resource allocation, delivery of  services and conducting of joint monitoring and evaluation of Multi-Sectoral activities

2.4.4 Technical Working Groups

There is Technical Working Groups formed along thematic areas which will be chaired by Officers either at Director or Commissioner Level from the Ministry of Local Government and the Local Government Finance Commission (LGFC) or any person delegated by them.

3.0 MoLG Public Administration and Management Roles

3.1. Political Leadership

The public administration of the Ministry is vested in Minster and Minster of state for Local Government who provide stewardship under the following responsibilities below

3.2 Responsibilities of the Minister of Local Government 

  1. To formulate policy related to local government sector,
  2. To provide political guidance and direction to the ministry of local government and all local government
  • To present the ministry’s policy statement, budget and workplans to parliament
  1. To advocate for support from the center and development partners for local government in the implementation of the decentralization policy;
  2. To build capacities in the local government for efficient and effective service delivery; and
  3. To coordinate and ensures that sector ministries, local governments and other stakeholders adhere to statutory requirements and national standards

The above responsibilities and duties have been shared with minster of state for local government as follows:

3.4 Duties of the Minister of Local Government

  1. To formulate policy and provide direction and control
  2. To oversee the general administration of the Ministry
  • To give guidance to local government on the implementation of decentralization policy
  1. To enforce compliance by local government to national standards
  2. To liaise with the Local Government Finance Commission (LGFC, The Uganda Local Government Association (ULGA) and the Urban Authorities Association of Uganda (UAAU).
  3. To handle the process of creation of New Districts through Cabinet and Parliament
  • To monitor accountability and compliance with Financial Regulation in Local Governments
  • To oversee coordination of Local Governments with other Ministries, in particular, Health, Lands, Water& Environment and Agriculture Fisheries and Animal Husbandry
  1. To handle cabinet matters
  2. To coordinate requests from Local Government for Development Assistance

3.5Duties of the Minister of State for Local Government

  1. To give guidance to Local Government on the implementation of the decentralization policy
  2. To enforce the compliance by Local Government to National Standards
  • To monitor accountability and enforcement of Financial Regulations
  1. To oversee Inspection and Coordination of Local Governments
  2. To supervise the Ministry budget and financial management and oversee general administration of the Ministry
  3. To handle Cabinet Matters
  • To work in close collaboration with the Minister of State in the Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development on matters relating to development of Urban Areas and Physical Planning in Urban Areas
  • Any other duties assigned by the Minister

 

 

Ministry Organizational Structure

  1. Accounting Officer

The Ministry’s Technical Wing is headed by the Permanent Secretary, Mr. Ben Kumumanya who is the overall Accounting Officer of the Ministry of Local Government.

Below the Permanent Secretary, the Ministry consists of two Directorates.

 

  1. Directorate of Local Government Administration, constituted by the Department of District Administration, the Department of Urban Administration, the Department of Local Councils Development and the Department of Local Economic Development. The Directorate was headed by Mr. Patrick Mutabwire, but who is currently on interdiction.
  • iii) The Directorate of Local Government Inspection, constituted by Department of District Inspection and the Department of Urban Inspection.  It is headed by a Director Mr. John Genda Walala.

 

In addition, there is a Finance and Administration Department, headed by the Under Secretary, Mr. Grace Tusiime. The Department consists of a Policy and Planning Division, which has of recent been elevated to a Department.  Procurement and Disposal Unit, an Audit Unit and the Accounts Section.

Human Resource Management Unit was also elevated to Department and therefore reports directly to the Permanent Secretary. The Macrostructure of the Ministry is indicated in Annex I.

4.0 Directorate of Local Government Administration

4.1 District Administration Department:

This Department is headed by the Commissioner, District Administration (Mr. Paul Okot Okello)

 Key Functions:

  1. To enhance the capacity of Local Governments to deliver quality services.
  2. To supervise and coordinate operations of Local Governments.
  • To present requests of Local Governments for development programmes to line ministries.
  1. To evolve skills development for Local Government staff to deal with the challenges of decentralization process.
  2. To present, protect and defend local administration interests at all levels.
  3. To put in place mechanisms for equitable sharing of resources in the various Local Governments.
  • To provide support supervision to Local Governments.
  • To analyze reports from Local Governments and tender appropriate advice.

 

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4.2 Urban Administration Department

This department is headed by Commissioner, Urban Administration (Mr. Justinian Niwagaba)

The Department of Urban Administration – Ministry of Local Government carries out various functions to contribute to the improvement of service delivery and accountability of Government programmes. The Ministerial delivery of the Sector as well as contribute towards Governance Policy Statement, provides for Technical Support and Training to Urban Local Governments, hence a core function to the Department. Key functions

  1. Monitoring & Support Supervision of Service delivery to Urban Councils.
  2. Technical support and Training of Urban Councils.
  3. Support to Urban Service delivery.
  4. Support to cross-cutting issues in Urban Councils.

 

4.3 The Department of Local Council Development

 

The Department of Local Council’s Development is one of the core departments in the Ministry of Local Government (MoLG). It is headed by Commissioner Mr. Swizen Mugyema

4.3.1 Functions of The Department

In order to fulfill its Mandate, the Department performs the following functions:

  1. Holding sensitization workshops aimed at overall development of elected and appointed Local Government officials. This is aimed at facilitating effective and efficient implementation of the decentralization policy;

 

  1. Continuous induction of councilors at all Local Government Levels. This helps to increase knowledge in areas crucial to the operations of the Local Councils System;

 

  1. Providing Technical guidance, advice and counseling to Local Governments from time to time;

 

  1. Research and data collection on performance of Local Governments to help in development of systems, structures, policies and guidelines for LGs and set operational standards for LGs;

 

  1. In liaison with Attorney General’s office, advise on interpretation of laws relating to Local Governments and harmonize the Local Government laws with the Constitution and other Laws;

 

  1. Advocate for interests of Local Governments at National Fora in liaison with the Permanent Secretary (PS);

 

  1. Advising the Minister, PS and Directors (DLGA, DLGI) on matters of Local Councils and preparing Cabinet Memos on Local Government Council Matters;

 

  1. Training and mentoring Local Governments and Lower Councils as well as monitoring their performance to ensure Compliance with Relevant Laws i.e. LGA, The Constitution and other Laws

 

  1. Study and advise the Minister, PS and Directors (DLGA and DLGI) on Creation of New Local Governments and Administrative Units as provided for in the Law;

 

  1. Development of Manuals, guidelines and publications for Local Governments and enhancing awareness among the populace on matters of Good Governance and LG issues as well as the Decentralization Policy;

 

  1. Coordination, promotion and provision of institutional linkages between Government Ministries, International and National NGOs and the Public in liaison with other departments;

 

  1. Build capacity of Local Council Courts (LCCs) officials in administration of justice at all levels where these courts are established i.e. Village, Parish, Sub-County, Town Council, Division levels;

 

  1. Support other Government Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) fulfill their mandates.

 

4.4 Department Local Economic Development (LED)

 

The Department of Local Economic Development is headed by Commissioner Mr. Anthony Namara

 

The establishment of the LED Department follows Government’s adoption of the promotion of Local Economic Development as a sixth objective of the Decentralization Policy and a subsequent development of the Uganda National Local Economic Development Policy of 2014.

 

The Department is responsible for the implementation of the National LED Policy which  provides a framework for partnerships in local economic development and to serve as a vehicle for promoting and implementing LED initiatives at local government level in Uganda and is intended to further deepen the decentralization process, eradicate poverty and ensure inclusive, sustainable and equitable economic growth at locality level. 

 

Departmental Functions

The Departments’ core functions in line with the policy mission and overall goal is to:

  1. Support to LGs through training to incorporate LED activities into the LG Planning and budgeting:
  2. Promotion of employment and wealth creation through support to the development of new industrial/business parks to promote skilling of women and youth, production and wealth creation.
  • Stimulating development of Local Economies through enhanced production with a view to expanding local revenue generation by LGs
  1. Re-orienting LGs from a consumptive nature into business orientation and investment
  2. Support to the development of public infrastructure to boost production and market accessibility
  3. Supporting intra-private sector dialogues, cooperation and networks to encourage experience sharing, and
  • Facilitating private investments through linkages with MDAs and other regulatory bodies

 

0 Directorate of Local Government Inspection

5.1 Department of District Inspection

The District Inspection Department is headed by Commissioner Mr Gad Twesigye

The Departmental Strategic Objective; Is to ensure effective and efficient performance of District Local Governments to assess and evaluate adherence to set policies, laws, regulations and procedures.

    Departmental Functions

  1. To monitor and inspect financial management standards in District Local Governments
  2. To build Capacity of District Local Governments in financial management
  3. Ensure Local Governments implements the established policies in accordance with the legal framework
  4. To support Local Governments in revenue mobilization
  5. To support Local Governments in Performance Improvement for National Assessment.

5.2 The Department of Urban Inspection

The Department is headed by Commissioner Mr.  Andrew Otim Kibwota

   Functions of the Department

  1. To ensure that public funds in LGs are put to proper use,
  2. To inspect Urban LGs to ensure adherence to administrative instruments, regulations in the delivery of social services and utilization of public resources,
  • To tender advice and strengthen the capacity of Urban LGs to mobilize local revenue and local tax administration,
  1. To monitor financial management standards in Urban LGs,
  2. To evaluate periodic and situational technical progress reports from Urban LGs i.e. Audit reports, budgets, final accounts and
  3. To document good practices in LGs to enhance consistency of their application.

6.0 SUPPORT DEPARTMENTS AND UNITS

6.1 Finance and Administration Department,

    The Department of Finance and Administration is headed by an Under-Secretary (Mr. Kintu James)

Finance and Administration Department is responsible for providing financial, administrative support services to the rest of the Departments of the Ministry. It also coordinates guides and harmonizes the Ministry’s policy formulation, planning and budgeting functions.

 Key Functions

The Finance and Administration Department handles the specific function.

  1. Responsible for assets management in the Ministry
  2. Providing and managing transport facilities and other logistics
  • Providing for the Ministry’s utilities and consumables;
  1. Negotiating contracts and procuring services for the Ministry and
  2. Acquiring, managing and accounting for the finances of the Ministry.
  3. Coordinating the policy, planning and budgeting functions in the Ministry.
  • Coordinating the ICT functions for the Ministry
  • Supports the Accounting Officer to coordinate accountability.

6.2 Department of Policy Planning and Development 

This Department is headed by Ag. Commissioner Mr. Balam Asimwe Mwijukye

The Department is responsible for providing advisory and technical planning, policy analysis and formulation, programme monitoring and Evaluation.

Key Functions.

  1. Coordination of policy development, reviews, amendment and planning at the Ministry
  2. Responsible for Projects initiation Monitoring and Evaluation
  • Coordination Secretariat for the Local Government Sector
  1. Coordinating the compilation and publication of budget documents i.e Budget Framework Paper (BFP), Ministerial Policy Statement ( MPS) and Quarterly Performance reports
  2. Coordination of the compilation of Ministry and Sector Development Plans
  3. Acts as a Sector Secretariat
  • Monitoring performance of Government Programs under the vote
  • Initiation of Cabinet Memoranda

6.3 Department of Human Resource

The Department of Human Resource Management is headed by Commissioner, Mr. Partick Okello

The Department is responsible for Human Resource Management offering technical guidance, reviewing and updating the terms and conditions of services as well as the Public Service policies, procedures and regulations with a view of promoting performance management, Good Governance Accountability, Transparence, delivery of services and eradication of poverty.

Functions of Human Resource

  1. Human Resource Planning;
  2. Human Resource Management;
  • Performance Management;
  1. Human Resource Development;
  2. Staffing control;
  3. Disciplinary matters;
  • Reward Management;
  • Administering fringe benefits;
  1. Industrial relations;
  2. Staff associations;
  3. Staff welfare;
  • Pension Management;
  • Selections Systems Management and Development;
  • HR Information Management Systems;
  1. Records and Information management;
  • HR Research and Innovation; and
  • HR technical guidance to line and staff management.

Objective/Purpose

To promote democratic Governance advocacy, transparency and accountability in Local Governments.

Functions

i)   To supervise and coordinate operations of Local Governance.

ii)   To enhance the capacity of Local Govrnments to deliver quality services.

iii)  To evolve skills development for Local Governments staff to deal with challenges of decentralization process.

iv)  To present, protect and defend Local Administration interests at all levels.

v)   To provide support supervision to Local Governments.

vi)  To present requests of Local Governments for development programs to line ministries.

vii)  To analyse reports from Local Governments and tender appropriate advice.

viii) To put in place mechanisms for equitable sharing of resources in various Local Governments.