The Masindi District vice chairperson, Mr Kanaginagi Ateenyi, has urged the government to put in place minimum education qualifications for political leaders at local government level to avoid being undermined by the technical personnel.
Mr Kanaginagi made the call on Wednesday during a debate on the assessment of Masindi District performance as rated in the scorecard report for 2013/14 by Advocates Coalition for Development and Environment (ACODE).
The Local Government Council Scorecard Initiative (LGCSCI) looked at legislative roles, accountability to citizenry, planning and budgeting and monitoring of service delivery on national priority areas by the overall district council, district chairperson, district speaker and individual councillors.
Mr Kanaginagi said some LC3 (sub-county) chairpersons and district councillors lack formal education and are always challenged by civil servants who are graduates and diploma holders.
He said some local council leaders cannot interpret laws or basic information written in English and this makes it hard for them to analyse issues about the budget or the budget process.
“It is high time you push for the introduction of minimum qualification to enable politicians and civil servants move together,” Kanaginagi told ACODE officials.
Mr Kanaginagi, who is also the councillor representing Pakanyi Sub-county in the district council, asked ACODE to lobby government to introduce education qualifications for local political leaders.
The scorecard report rated the Masindi District chairperson, Mr Wilson Mugimba’s overall performance at 56 per cent while the Speaker, Mr Ronald Kyomuhendo, was assessed at 39 per cent.
Masindi District council was ranked one of the best in the country with 60 per cent, given that it was its first time to be assessed.
On performance of individual councillors, Mr Kanaginagi was rated the best with 66 per cent, followed by Mary Mujumura (59), Julius Kahiira (57), Titus Ariho and Badru Mugabi (54) and (53) respectively.
Others are Grace Kunihira rated at 47 percent, Nakalema Asiina (44), Goodman Faruk (44), Robinah Katusiime (43), Kassim Kabagonza (42), Moses Kiirya (41), Yakub Asiimwe (39), Gladys Matwarwa (39), Julian Ayesiga (38), Moreen Tinka (36), John Bagada Winter (35), Betty Kyozaire (34) and Phiona Alinda (29).
Mr Mugimba told ACODE to also capture in the next scorecard the performance of civil servants who are policy implementers.