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close this bookUganda's Water Sector Development: Towards Sustainable Systems (SKAT, 1996)
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View the documentThe physical environment
View the documentState of existing infrastructure
View the documentPressing financial shortages
View the documentNeed for legislative reforms
View the documentInstitutional requirements

Need for legislative reforms

Much of Uganda's existing legislation was voided during the troubled 1970s and early 1980s. The legal basis for proper management of the country was corrupted by all manner of decrees, dictates and working practices. Therefore, the arduous task of rebuilding the country's physical infrastructure was matched by the strenuous job of restoring the framework for democratic governance.

The basis for proper control of the water sector had to be re-established. New regulations, particularly with regard to the management and development of water resources needed to be written. The legal basis for new ownership structures and implementation mechanisms needed to be established. Without these, and the means of enforcing them, any new funds would face a familiar route of 'money washing down a drain'.