1 Deputy Speaker of Parliament Thomas Tayebwa has called on the Ministry of Finance to increase funding for the National Physical Planning Board so that it can effectively execute its mandate.
2 While presiding over the House on Thursday, August 18, 2022, Tayebwa said that the Board is not receiving enough quarterly funding to carry out its key functions of compliance and enforcement of proper physical planning across the country.
3 “Of the 1.5bn shs they were supposed to get to ensure compliance and enforcement across the country, they only got 100m shs for the first quarter.
4 This can’t even pay staff and wants them to enforce it?” ?” Tayebwa said.
5 He also tasked the Physical Infrastructure Committee to meet with the relevant agencies running operations with the board to ensure that Uganda‘s physical planning is on a par with neighboring and foreign countries.
6 The vice president alluded to a matter of national importance previously raised by the deputy of the municipality of Iganga, the Hon. Peter Mugema on construction work on an open space in Iganga district that was stopped by the Prime Minister and the junta.
7 “Even though these works have stopped, they continue to build and I understand that municipal clerks are issuing building permits in wetlands,” said Tayebwa, adding that “the Physical Infrastructure Committee should also visit that site in Iganga and clearly identify which one is the problem”.
8 it is.
9 Open spaces are for the public’.
11 “Why would the city clerk allow the construction to continue when the prime minister stopped it and there is a court case?
12 If the indiscipline of ignoring the directives of Parliament continues, we will not fulfill the mandate of the people,” Silwany said.
13 Hon. Geoffrey Macho (Indep., Municipality of Busia) expressed concern about the neglect of physical planning municipalities and new cities throughout the country.
14 “In all the cities, only Kampala has a public square where people can sit and hang out.
15 All the squares that were in the other cities have been taken over,” Macho said.
16 The deputy of Kazo County, Hon. Dan Atwijukire noted that slums are developing in some of the newly created cities across the country, which he said can be addressed with good planning.
17 “If there is one thing we should be paying attention to and being counted on, it is defending the planning of our cities to prevent a repeat of what has happened to Kampala,” said Atwijukire.
18 Kumi District Deputy, H.E. Christine Apolot said better facilitation by the National Physical Planning Board will improve her work, noting that the frequency of physical planning committee meetings at the local government level is very low.
19 “Across the country, various centers are being erected and structures are being established, but due to lack of physical planning, buildings are being demolished, which has caused losses to people,” Apolot said.
20 She recommended supplemental funding to the board in addition to its budget funding to efficiently implement proper physical planning across the country.