African Journal of
Business Management

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Bus. Manage.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1993-8233
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJBM
  • Start Year: 2007
  • Published Articles: 4137

Full Length Research Paper

Accountability of local government authorities: A developing economy perspective

Veronica Mukyala
  • Veronica Mukyala
  • Department of Accounting, Makerere University Business School, Kampala, Uganda.
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Juma Bananuka
  • Juma Bananuka
  • Department of Accounting, Makerere University Business School, Kampala, Uganda.
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Maureen Basuuta
  • Maureen Basuuta
  • Department of Finance, Makerere University Business School, Kampala, Uganda.
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Zainabu Tumwebaze
  • Zainabu Tumwebaze
  • Department of Accounting, Makerere University Business School, Kampala, Uganda.
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Lasuli Bakalikwira
  • Lasuli Bakalikwira
  • Department of Accounting, Makerere University Business School, Kampala, Uganda.
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  •  Received: 27 April 2017
  •  Accepted: 30 May 2017
  •  Published: 28 June 2017

Abstract

The purpose of this study is to report the contribution of internal controls and managerial competencies on accountability of Local Government Authorities (LGAs). This study is cross sectional and correlational. Data were collected through a questionnaire survey of 73 sub counties from which 64 responded and the questionnaire was designed on a 5 point Likert scale. The study’s unit of analysis was a sub county. Senior Assistant Secretaries (SAS) and Sub Accountants (SA) were the study’s unit of inquiry. Data were analyzed through correlation coefficients and ordinary least squares regression using Statistical Package for Social Sciences. The results indicate that internal controls and managerial competencies are significant predictors of accountability of LGAs. However, information technology and control environment as components of internal controls individually do not have a significant association with accountability of LGAs. The study findings further indicate that experience as a dimension of managerial competencies has no significant relationship with accountability of LGAs. The study is limited to LGAs of developing countries particularly those of African setting and it is possible that the results are only applicable to Uganda’s LGAs. Nevertheless, the findings have implications to Governments who may be wishing to improve accountability of their LGAs. To the researchers’ knowledge, this is the first paper to examine the contribution of internal controls and managerial competencies to accountability of LGAs in a single study in a developing country.

Key words: Accountability, Uganda, sub county, managerial competencies, internal controls.