Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Reopen Federalism Debate

Government has failed to implement the Regional Tier by the July 1, 2006 constitutional deadline. Government cash strapped after the February 2006 elections cannot afford to hold another round of elections. The regional governments' mandate over natural resources may also be problematic creating a new headache for the central government after discovery of oil in Lake Albert. Land ownership remains a very sensitive issue in Uganda which is in the middle of a prolonged population boom rising from 16 million residents in 1991 to nearly 30 million people in 2006. The excuse given by Third Deputy Prime Minister Ally Kirunda Kivejjinja that Buganda the biggest proponent for regional government refused to cooperate with government to implement the regional tier does not ring true for the other regional governments; Acholi, Busoga, Bunyoro which have even more significant regional issues.

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