The Relevance And Application Of Rule Of Law To Local Councils In Uganda


  • Nakijoba Hadijah Islamic University in Uganda


Uganda, local councils, legal system, public service


Local governance plays a pivotal role in the delivery of services, community development, and citizen

engagement. The rule of law serves as a guiding principle, ensuring that local councils operate within a

legal framework that emphasizes fairness, accountability, and adherence to established procedures. The

relevance of the rule of law in Ugandan local councils lies in its capacity to foster transparent and

accountable governance at the grassroots level. Legal provisions, such as those outlined in the Local

Governments Act of 1997, shape the structure and functions of local councils, emphasizing the

principles of equality, non-discrimination, and community participation. The application of the rule of

law to local councils manifests in various aspects of their operation. It influences the electoral

processes, ensuring that council members are chosen through fair and transparent means. The

principles of due process and procedural fairness guide decision-making within local councils,

preventing arbitrary actions and promoting consistency. Resource allocation and financial management

within local councils are also subject to the rule of law, safeguarding against corruption and ensuring

equitable distribution of resources. The legal framework provides a basis for community members to

actively participate in local decision-making processes, contributing to the democratic functioning of

the councils.Challenges, however, persist, including issues of legal awareness, enforcement

mechanisms, and capacity building. The abstract delves into ongoing efforts to strengthen the

application of the rule of law in Ugandan local councils, recognizing its pivotal role in shaping

effective and accountable local governance

Author Biography

Nakijoba Hadijah, Islamic University in Uganda

Department of Comparative Law/Political Sciences