The impact of corruption on service delivery in local government in Uganda: a case study of Makindye division, Kampala district

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Kampala International University, College of Humanities and Social Sciences
The study sought to exam me the impact of corruption on service delivery in local government in Uganda: a case study of Makindye Division. Kampala District. The study objectives were to identify the causes of corruption within the local government, to establish the possible measures to overcome corruption within the local government and to find out the effects of corruption on service delivery in local governments. A cross sectional survey was used in the course of the study. Both qualitative and quantitative data was gathered in order to establish the relationship between the independent and dependent variables, so as to examine the relationship between corruption and service delivery in local government. The study population involved 58 participants where 14 councilors. I 6 mayors. 15 other local government officials and the remaining 13 were the local peasants. Purposive sampling was also used to select only respondents for the researcher to attain the purpose of the study. Data was collected from primary and secondary sources using questionnaires and interviews. After colk2eting data. the researcher organized well—answered questionnaire, data was edited and sorted ‘or the next stage. The data was presented in tabular form, pie charts and bar graphs with frequencies and percentages. The study found out that socioeconomic characteristics and the size of the population of people that make up a municipality can be encouraging for local government officials to engage in corrupt practices. Patterns of political corruption can be found in places that have a similar demographic make—up. Demographic factors that have been known to lead to or increase the likelihood of corruption in a local government system arereligion, race, class, size of the municipality, local economic conditions, education, political culture, and gender. Some factors are interrelated or can lead to other factors which may cause more corruption. The study also concludes that, of particular relevance is the possibility that corruption might reduce the effectiveness of aid flows through the diversion of funds. Aid. being fungible, may ultimately help support unproductive and wasteful government expenditures. Perhaps as a result, many donor countries have focused on issues of good governance, and in cases where governance is judged to he especially poor. some donors have scaled back their assistance. Foolproof laws should he made so that there is no room for discretion for politicians and bureaucrats. The role of the politician should he minimized. Application of the evolved policies should he left in the hands of independent commission or authority in each area of public interest. Decision of the commission or authority should be challengeable only in the courts.
A dissertation submitted to the college of humanities and social sciences in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the award of bachelor of public administration of Kampala international university.
Corruption, Service delivery, Local government, Uganda