Table 1. Levels and main functions of decentralised local government structures in Uganda.

 


Local Government l Level Composition Functions
Local Council 1: Village (composed of more or less 50 households 9 members, at least 4 women Assist in maintaining law, order and security
 
Initiate, support and participate in self help projects
 
Recommend persons for local defence units
 
Serves as communication channels with government services
 
Monitor the administration of projectsImpose service feesCollect taxes
 
Resolve problems and disputes Make bylaws
     
LC 2: Parish (composed of 3-10 villages) Depending on the number of villages elected from the village at least 4 women Assist in maintaining law, order and security
 
Serves as communication channels with government services
 
Initiate, support and participate in self help projects
 
Monitor the administration of projects
 
Resolve problems and disputes
     
LC 3: Sub-county (Composed of 2-10 parishes) Depending on the number of parishes, 1/3 women
 
2 youth
 
2 persons with disabilities
 
Elected councillors from parishes
Local government
 
Enact bylaws
 
Approve subcounty budget
 
Levy, charge, and collect fees and taxes
 
Monitor performance of government employees
 
Formulate, approve and execute sub-county budgets
 
Resolve problems and disputes
     
LC 4: County (composed of 3-5 sub-counties) 5, chairpersons or vice-chairperson from each subcounty Advise district officers and area members of Parliament
 
Resolve problems and disputes
 
Monitor delivery of services
     
LC 5: District (composed of 3-5 counties) 36 members
 
12 women councillors
 
2 youth
 
2 people with disabilities
 
19 elected councillors
Exercise all political and executive powers
 
Provide services
 
Ensure implementation of government policies and compliance with it
 
Plan for the District
 
Enact district laws and ordinances
 
Monitor performance of government policies
 
Levy, charge and collect fees and taxes
 
Formulate, approve and execute district budgets

  Source: Sanginga et al (2004)