Uganda Set to Commemorate Africa Day of Decentralization

Uganda will on Wednesday August 10th join the rest of the African Union member states to commemorate the 3rd Africa Day of Decentralisation, page Local Governance and Local Development.

The day which was declared by the 20th Session of the AU is aimed at providing a platform for member state Governments to popularise Decentralisation and educate the public on the various decentralised governance programmes, ask within their respective countries.

In Uganda, the celebrations are going to be held in Masaka Municipality, at the Liberation Square and will be hosted by the Greater Masaka consortium.

According to a statement by Hon. Kacha Jenipher Namuyangu, the Minister of State for Local Government, the celebrations will be preceded by a Street Carnival on Sunday August 7th, at the Main Street, Masaka Municipality.

The four day celebrations will be running under the theme “Decentralization at 24; Re-Engineering Locally Initiated Development”. It will not only reflect on the celebration of the milestones achieved and lessons learned but will also provoke stakeholders to devise strategies for improving performance of the Decentralization Policy.

Hon. Namuyangu noted that the street carnival will be an opportunity for the Local Governments in the region to sensitize the public on the services they provide while allowing the private sector market their products at the same time.

She added that the ministry will convene a Joint Annual Review of Decentralization (JARD) meeting at Hotel Brovad, Masaka Municipality on 8th and 9th, where the government will be able to evaluate the implementation of the Decentralisation Policy and its impact.

The Decentralisation Policy was launched in Uganda in 1992 by President Yoweri Museveni, in a move to implement the ten point program of the National Resistance Army.


The process has since proven to be a key vehicle for ensuring Good Governance, improved service delivery and stimulating Local Economic Development.

Today, Uganda boasts of a significantly mature Decentralization Policy that has evolved from an administrative structure to a conduit of socio-economic development and wealth creation.

It however still faces some challenges including limited resources amidst increasing demands, limited capacities and inhibiting policies, laws and regulations for local governments to fully exercise their powers.

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