Uganda's Streamlining Effort Fizzles Out, Analysts Say

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Uganda's Streamlining Effort Fizzles Out, Analysts Say
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Uganda's attempt to streamline government agencies, known as rationalization, has been met with disappointment from analysts. Out of 157 agencies slated for review, only 60 were merged and 97 retained.

Analysts point to two main issues: poor timing and flawed management. Some argue the process began at an inopportune moment, while others criticize the way it was handled from the outset. These concerns raise fears that Uganda missed a valuable chance to cut government spending.

Mukunda, an analyst, believes the process lacked seriousness and questions the original goals. He argues that duplication of services persists, making cost-saving objectives unlikely.

A former MP, Gerald Karuhanga, offers a different perspective. He urges the government not to abandon the effort entirely. Karuhanga recommends revisiting the rationalization plan, including a reevaluation of the remaining institutions to ensure they justify their existence.

Karuhanga also acknowledges potential corruption within the process and calls for investigations into these allegations.

Overall, Uganda's attempt to streamline its agencies seems to have failed. Analysts highlight missed opportunities and urge a more comprehensive approach in the future.

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