Political decentralization and good governance: case study of Namutumba Town Council in Namutumba District

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Kampala International University, College of Humanities and Social Sciences
The study was carried out to find out the relationship between Political decentralization and good governance in Namutumba town council Namutumba district Uganda. The study aimed at three objectives which included; To examine the role of political decentralization in promoting good governance, challenges of political decentralization and establish the solutions to the challenges facing political decentralization in promoting good governance in Namutumba town council Namutumba district. The study applied both qualitative and quantitative research designs where interviews and questionnaires were used. Data was collected from both primary and secondary sources. Data was processed and analyzed using fonnal, tables, pie charts, narrative text and correction to find out the relationship between political decentralization and good governance. A total of 80 respondents were considered out ofthe entire population in Namutumba town council. The findings indicated that the nature and the magnitude of the political decentralization in the Namutumba town council include: Decentralization provides opportunities to marginalized sectors of the community, like women in some countries, minorities, political decentralization increases effectiveness in service delivery, Political decentralization provides bureaucrats with early warnings of potential disasters, enabling quick remedial action, challenges affecting political decentralization in promoting good governance these included the following among other factors; Specialists within broad disciplines create confusion by focusing, limited empirical evidence to support decentralization and clarify how to reap its potential benefits, in Uganda, most of the mayors have a difficulty to manage the communes and political environment is always unstable. The solutions to the challenges facing political decentralization included; Effective sensitization and participation of the public, training ofthe local elected members. Basing on findings recommendations involves; the government should invest more in the will to expand the political capacity necessary to implement and enforce the very comprehensive, further training is required for Local government authorities to and a consultative forum is recommended for the promoting good governance and the various agencies involved in management of public funds.
A research report submitted to the College Of Humanities and Social Sciences as a Partial Fulfillment for the Award of Bachelors’ Degree in Public Administration of Kampala International University
Political decentralization, Good governance, Namutumba District