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The legal public–private partnership framework and policy implementation in Uganda

Jude Mugurura, Zwelinzima Ndevu
Africa’s Public Service Delivery & Performance Review | Vol 8, No 1 | a346 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/apsdpr.v8i1.346 | © 2020 Jude Mugurura, Zwelinzima Ndevu | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 12 August 2019 | Published: 06 October 2020

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Jude Mugurura, School of Public Leadership, Stellenbosch University, Cape Town, South Africa
Zwelinzima Ndevu, School of Public Leadership, Stellenbosch University, Cape Town, South Africa

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Background: This article is based on a multidimensional empirical research study investigating aspects of the suitability of the public–private partnership environment of Uganda for road infrastructure development. The foundation of the article is the implementation of the relationship between existing legal and regulatory frameworks on the ground in Uganda.

Aim: Key aspects and realities of the legal and policy frameworks that support public–private partnership, road investment projects and programmes in Uganda are examined from the perspective of a transparent, effective and efficient service delivery.

Setting: A brief exposition of Uganda’s historical realities and present challenges, especially in terms of road infrastructure, an introduction of key aspects of the legal and regulatory frameworks is presented.

Methods: The research is based on an exploratory research design methodology founded on a thorough literature review, exhaustive documentary analysis of primary and secondary sources and 30 interviews with senior and middle managers in the public and private sectors in Uganda. A semi-structured questionnaire was utilised.

Results: The analysis of data was based on a dissection of the policies and systems as foundations of solid implementation, existing legal violations, the local private sector’s present conundrum and capacity gaps, the realities of integrity and corruption and the existing approach of citizens towards the problems and challenges.

Conclusion: The lack of integrity in both the private and public sector has serious negative effects on the processes, functions, planning, designing, outputs and outcomes of infrastructure initiatives undertaken.


public–private partnerships; legal frameworks; implementation; road infrastructure; Uganda.


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