By WILSON KUTAMBA
The Leader of the Opposition in Parliament, Mathias Mpuuga says that it is time Parliament pushed government to devolve more powers to local governments so as to improve service delivery.
Speaking at the burial of a 14-year old son of one his police guard, Cpl Justus Twinomujuni, at Kayina village, Rwimi sub County in Bunyangabu district, Mpuuga blamed the breakdown in healthcare services on government’s reluctance to empower local governments.
“Losing this young man is tragic, he has not lived to see his aspirations and the cause of his death is unexplained even by medics, this is more pain full than death its self and this is caused by lack of capacities in lower local government levels who are superintending over health facilities and other services centres in communities,” Mpuuga said
Mpuuga used Brian Twinomujuni’s sudden death to explain to the mourners the need to improve the healthcare system at the lower level citing that if parliament don’t consider empowering local government as one of subject matters in their deliberation lamenting will continue.
“We have to make empowering local government’s one of major debates at floor because the time to revamp decentralization is now of never,” he said
Responding to the Rwimi LC 3 chairman, Ambrose Katabaazi, the LOP said, the Opposition is planning to re-introduce the decentralization debate in Parliament and cause for an amendment of the Local Governments Act to pave way for the devolution of power from the centre.