A political science lecturer at Makerere University has warned that lack of political order causes problems that hamper development of urban centers.
Associate Professor Sabiiti Makara of Makerere University was speaking at a Public Dialogue on Promoting Good Urban Governance organised by Victoria University in partnership with the Centre for Urban Studies and Research.
The theme for discussion was: ‘Promoting Good Urban Governance in Uganda: Challenges and Opportunities’.
According to Sabiiti political instability, including a breakdown in political leadership affects service delivery and economic activities. This in the long run stalls development.
He said this is characteristic of developing countries like Uganda.
Sabiiti’s words were echoed by Fr. Pascal Kabura from the Human Rights and Peace Centre (HURIPEC) who explained by the disagreements between political leaders and technical people hampers implementation of development projects.
“Take an example of Kampala Capital City, the fighting between Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago and the Executive Director, Jennifer Musisi has cost us good service delivery for over four years. It is time we separate politics from City planning; development of towns and cities has been frustrated by politicians who claim to know it all,” Fr Kabura said.
The meeting observed that Uganda despite having notable urbanization progress faces serious challenges which need to be addressed by government.
Participants at the dialogue agreed that government need to partner with private sector, CSOs, academia and other stakeholders to ensure urbanization is achieved.
Dr Kiggundu Amin Tamale working with Center for Urban Studies and Research advised that urban center managers should perform because they are hired and paid to think for what is good for towns.
“As city managers, you need to think for your people but they are failing.” Tamale noted.
Article by Baz Waiswa