Title: Decentralisation and Transformation in Uganda
Authors: Delius Asiimwe and Nakanyike Musisi
Publishers: Fountain Publishers
Available: All major book shop
Reviewed by : Chibita wa Duallo
Decentralization and Transformation of Governance in Uganda is a collection of papers by diverse authors on the subject of decentralization.
Given Ugandaâ€™s record as a case study for decentralization, it was about time that publication on the subject was done.
The book is divided into six major parts covering decentralization, planning, budgeting and economic viability, human resources management, education institutions, partnerships and information and communication technologies.
The part on decentralization by Wasswa Katono, Ijuka Kabumba, Abbas Wetaka and Angela Nkalubo should be of particular interest for those looking for a general analysis and review of the decentralization governance system.
Kabumbaâ€™s Conflicts between Elected and Appointed Officials and Wetakaâ€™s Politics of Decentralization are mandatory reading for those interested in the pros and cons of decentralization.
It is in these chapters that you get to read about the power struggles between the resident district commissioners and the district local council chairmen.
Some solutions are volunteered on how to establish smooth working relations.
Unfortunately, because the book had to pack a lot of articles on the subject, many chapters had to be heavily edited in order to fit within the set word limit, hence the chapters are short enough to arouse interest but not long enough to amply cover the subject.
Indeed, in their conclusion, Delius Asiimwe and James Katorobo concede that much when they say: â€œThe authorsâ€¦ have described the diverse faces of decentralization much like the legendary shapes of the elephant.â€ Each author therefore was concentrating on one bit and describing it to the reader.
It is when you read the whole that the full picture begins to emerge.
Asiimwe and Nakanyike, both from the Makerere Institute of Social Research (MISR) edited the publication.
They have thereby renewed the readersâ€™ appetite for the kind of research and publications that MISR had become known for.