Nakaseke district council has passed a resolution supporting the introduction of minimum education qualifications for councilors in local governments.
The move is in line with a resolution by the Uganda Local Government Association to petition Parliament for an amendment to the Local Government Act, to provide for minimum educational qualifications for persons seeking to contest as councilors at sub-counties and districts.
The position is not tagged to any academic qualification presently.
Uganda Local Government Association is optimistic that academic requirements will attract a person with the ability to read, interpret documents and deliberate on government policies.
Benjamin Makanga, the District Councillor for Nakaseke Sub County told the council meeting that this will ease monitoring of government programmes when councillors can scrutinize documents and comprehend them.
Nakaseke District LCV Chairperson Ignatius Koomu highlights a communication gap between Councilors and technical teams at the district especially among those with lower education qualifications.