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The District is divided into two counties namely Budaka and Iki-Iki counties. There are fifteen sub-counties, fourTown Council and three town boards. The District constitutes of 73 parishes and 312 village councils, distributed as in Table 2.1. Budaka County covers most of the district area as it comprises of ten sub-counties, followed by Iki-Iki County, which comprises of nine  sub-counties. The District has three Town Boards namely: Kamonkoli, Iki-Iki and Kaderuna in Kachomo sub-county.

The District Council is the highest political authority in the District, with 32 members under the headship of the District Chairperson Hon.Mulomi Sam. 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 Kasolo Robert represents represents Iki-Iki county in Parliament, Hon Mbogo Kezekia represents Budaka county and Hon.Kamogo Nasiyo Pamela 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 Mr.Batambuze Abdu, distributed in eleven 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.