Published: 2016

Language: English

Pages: 160

EXTENDED STUDY ON CAMPAIGN FINANCING FOR PRESIDENTIAL AND MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT RACES

Currently money dominates Uganda’s politics as a result the gap between elected politicians and their voters has widened substantially. This has created an environment where principles of political accountability are grossly undermined.

In November 2014, the Governor of the Bank of Uganda Emmanuel Tumusiime-Mutebile was reported confessing that he had been misled by the government in indirectly financing election activities in 2011, an action which plunged the country’s economy into chaos. He promised not to repeat the same mistake. ACFIM observed that with in the period of 2015/2016, government spending was kept with in sector ceilings, so there was no extreme surges and no visible shocks in the economy. This, however, is not the whole story.