The District is divided into two counties namely Budaka and Iki-Iki counties. There are twelve sub-counties, one Town Council and three town boards. The District constitutes of 57 parishes and 256 village councils, distributed as in Table 2.1. Budaka County covers most of the district area as it comprises of eight sub-counties, followed by Iki-Iki County, which comprises of five sub-counties. The District has threee Town Boards namely: Kamonkoli, Iki-Iki and Kaderuna in Kachomo sub-county.
The District Council is the highest political authority in the District, with 26 members under the headship of the District Chairperson. The District chairperson is Hon. Mboizi Arthur Wako. The compostion of the District Council membership include: directely elected male councillors, directly elected Female councillors, Youths and PWDs representatives. Some female councillors represent more than one sub-county for Lyama and Nansanga, Budaka Tc and Budaka Sc, Naboa and Kakule,and Iki-Iki and Katira.
The District has a total of three Members of Parliament (MPs). The two MPs represent the counties of Budaka and Iki-iki and the district is represented by the Woman MP. Hon Dr Twa-Twa Geremia represents represents Iki-Iki county in Parliament, Hon Mbogo Kezekia represents Budaka county and Hon. Kataike sarah Ndoboli represents Budaka district as a woman member of Parliament
The District staffing position as at august 2012
The District has a technical team headed by the Chief Administrative Officer, distributed in nine departments and two units. Each of the departments and units has a head and under every department, there are a number of Sections. Mr. John Katotoroma is the Chief administrative Officer. The staffing position ist at 43 percent at the District headquarters, only 19 percent at the sub-county level and only 12 percent in Budaka Town Council At departmental level, the most affected deparments/units are: Community Based services (14% filled), the District Planning Unit (17%filled), Production and marketing (26%filled). Most heads of department are in acting capacity i.e Finance (CFO), Production and Marketing (DPC), Health (DHO), Works (DE), Natural Resources (DNRO) and Community Based Services (DCDO).
The heads of department who are substantively appointed include District Education Officer (U1E), District Planner (U2) and the District Internal Auditor (U2). The departments of Production and Marketing, Health and Community Based Services are headed in acting capacity by staff from lower local government structure that are not on the District structure for those departments. The District Palnning Unit has only one staff out of the approved six staff. The District staffing level has alot of implications on service delivery and public service management function. There is need to have all the necceray strategies to attract and retain strategic staff to head the departments.