Gulu’s Martin Ojara Mapenduzi has been ranked as the best performing district chairperson measuring 91 out of 100 points.
This was found in an assessment conducted by policy think-tank Advocates Coalition for Development and Environment (ACODE) in 35 districts over a six-month period. The assessment measured five variables – political leadership, legislative role, contact with electorates, initiation of projects and monitoring service delivery. It covered 1,400 leaders like chairpersons, speakers and councilors from 35 districts, small, medium and big.
This is however Mapenduzi’s fourth win in a row coming in his second term in office.
The others in top 10 order are Kabarole’s Richard Rwabuhinga, Erisat Okitoi (Amuria), Patrick Okello Oryema (Nwoya), Thomas Franz Kategere (Kamuli), Matia Lwanga Bwanika (Wakiso), Ronald Ndawula (Luweero), George Mutabazi (Lwengo) and Leonard Opio Ojok (Agago)
Bob Okae and Michael Lakony, chairpersons of Apac and Amuru districts respectively are among the poor performers.
The poor performers in the last ten, from last, are Tororo’s Apollo Jaramogi Olla (This is understandable because he died in office), Amuru’s Michael Lakony, Kisoro’s Abel Bizimana, Mukono’s Andrew Senyonga, Arua’s Sam Wadri Nyakua, Jinja’s Titus Kisambira, Nebbi’s Esrom William Alenyo, Apac’s Bob Okae, Sheema’s David Kabigumira and Soroti’s George Egunyu.
Gulu District Council also emerged the best, followed by Kabarole, Mpigi, Wakiso, Agago, Luweero, Mbale, Ntungamo, Amuria, Lira and Hoima.
The bottom ten, from last are Sheema, Arua, Tororo, Kaliro, Kabale, Nebbi, Mbarara, Kisoro, Moroto and Bududa.
Thomas Jeffason Obalim from Central Division, Lira Municipality is among the best performing district councilors.
He follows Bernadette Plan from Kahoora sub-county in Hoima district, and Hussein Kato from Bombo Town Council in Luweero
The last councillor is Peter Tuhairwe from Western Division, Rukungiri Municipality, followed by Denis Francis Owera from Barr sub-county in Lira, and Rose Abili Amono from Bungatira sub-county in Gulu.
The best district speaker is Muhammed Mafabi from Mbale, followed by Ketty Akol of Amuria and Stella Kyorampe from Kabarole. The worst speaker is Kaliro’s Sanon Bwire, followed by Kisoro’s Amos Hakizimana and Nebbi’s Robert Steen Omito, who is now the chairperson of Pakwach District, newly carved from Nebbi.
The scorecard, that was released yesterday in Kampala also observes that while creation of new administrative units is largely seen as bringing services closer to the people, and to occasionally address historical and geopolitical injustices, they have created more problems, are a drain and strain on scarce resources and are a burden to efficient and effective delivery of public goods and services.
ACODE Executive Director, Dr Arthur Bainomugisha, said inadequate local revenue, recentratralisation of some functions, return to the center of unspent funds, and creation of new administrative units are weakening decentralisation.