Skewed allocation of funds exposes shaky foundation of East Africa's democracies
Saturday July 2 2016
NRM national executive committee members in a past meeting at State House Entebbe. Uganda's ruling party gets the lion's share of political party funding. PHOTO | FILE NATION MEDIA GROUP
Across the region, political parties are facing a torrid time, with little financing, restrictive laws on mobilising funds, especially from external sources, and dominant ruling parties that feed off the state — a situation that makes for a generally weak political party foundation.
While incumbent parties look strong, are flush with cash and have countrywide networks, experts warn that that strength is hinged on their stay in power — were they to turn into an opposition party, their existence would not be guaranteed.
Complaints of an uneven political playing field persist and while the EAC partner states have made attempts to provide statutory financing, critics say the funding is too little or skewed and at best cosmetic.