An Analysis of the Governance and Accountability Issues in the Local Governments (Amendment) Bill, 2014

This publication was authored by: Emmanuel Kitamirike

Abstract / Summary

In June 2015, Parliament of Uganda approved the Local Governments (Amendment) Bill 2014 that specifically provides for a revised election procedure for administrative unit councils and committees and likewise harmonizes the Local Government processes to the recently enacted Public Finance Management Act. This paper highlights and examines the proposed amendments by undertaking a logical exposition of the ramifications of the proposals to the extent to which they guarantee improvements in both downward and upward accountability through representative democracy. The analysis of the proposals is contextualized within the decentralized framework and in particular delivery of services and local citizens’ participation in their own governance. The paper finally highlights the gaps in the amendments and sets out some recommendations for further improvement of the local government system as a whole.