Zombo district ranked 97th in local government performance assessment 2023

Mr James Oyullu Oruna the LC5 Chairperson Zombo district speaking to DailyExpress (Photo/Hillary Alithum)

Zombo, (UG):- West Nile’s Zombo District, led by the LC5 Chairperson Mr James Oyullu Oruna registered significant improvements after it came out 97th in the recent Local Government Service Delivery & Performance Assessment 2023. 

The performance assessment that is conducted by the Office of the Prime Minister annually is meant to strengthen accountability, management of services and developments at lower local government administrative units across Uganda.

It’s through this performance assessment that the government evaluates the services and programs that trickled to the local Communities at the lower local government administrative units above all the rankings set a healthy competition among the administrative units hence the eventual internal push factor for monitoring and evaluation of services at the district level. 

Zombo district was ranked number 130 out of the over 140 local government administrative units in the performance assessment of 2022, leapt over 33 places to number 97 with tremendous scores of 85 per cent in water services, 69 per cent in Education and 65 per cent in cross-cutting issues.

The district registered appalling performance in the sectors of Agriculture and health which is largely attributed to inadequate staffing and non-substantive staff members.

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During an exclusive interview with DailyExpress, Mr James Oyullu Oruna, the LC5 Chairperson of Zombo district gave an utterance to justify the performance assessment report of 2023 and promised better results in the next assessments.

“As the district, we want to do better than this why we are behind there are some departments which are lacking departmental heads and staff which is bringing us down in agriculture we lack an irrigation water engineer who scores 30 per cent in the assessment,” Mr Oyullu told this publication.

He added; “we also don’t have a substantive District health officer because the government has pronounced a halt on recruitment once it’s waived off we are charged to fill the gaps and process appointments of departmental heads.”

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Zombo District was ranked number 5th in water services and 32nd in cross-cutting issues out of the total lower local government administrative units in Uganda.

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