The State Minister for Local Government, Jeniffer Namuyangu has revealed that government needs more time to make consultations on the operationalization regional governments commonly referred to as regional tier.
Appearing before Parliament’s Committee on public service and Local Government, Namuyangu said that the Ministry of Local Government is still making consultations on the matter as the last time they brought a bill to Parliament, some regions like Buganda were against it and there is need for consultations to harmonise with all regions before a common position on the matter is taken.
It should be noted that the Committee is currently scrutinizing a motion brought by Stephen Mukitale (Buliisa County) where he petitioned Parliament seeking government to bring to parliament a bill that will put in place enabling law to give government power to enforce this controversial law.
In 2005, parliament passed the regional tier bill into an Act but this law has been on shelves pending an enabling law by government to operationalize it.
Further still, the 1995 Constitution provided for a regional government for Uganda, meaning that any district wishing to cooperate with another district or districts can form a regional governments.