Trends in Public Administration Expenditure in Uganda: The Cost of the Executive and its Implications on Poverty Eradication and Governance

"This study provides detailed analysis of the factors that account for the unprecedented expansion of the executive bureaucracy in Uganda. It is this expanded political bureaucracy that partly accounts for the groincreae in public administration expenditure. To begin with, this political bureaucracy has led to significant diversion of public funds and resources from critical social and economic sectors. Its bloated nature has blurred the lines of accountability and responsibility hence breeding unprecedented corruption and mismanagement. The statistical evidence of this is overwhelming. In less than a decade, the size of the cabinet increased from 42 ministers originally provided for under the constitution to approximately 72. The number of Presidential Advisors increased from 4 in 1994 to 71 in 2003. Different reports suggest that there are approximately 278 presidential advisors, presidential assistants and presidential secretaries. The central argument of this paper is that an over-size cabinet, and a growing Executive bureaucracy built around the Office of the President and State House, is the single most important threat to governance, and efforts to eradicate poverty and achieve economic transformation in Uganda today."