Corruption is a cancer that is eating up Uganda’s society. Annually, billions of shillings of Uganda’s tax payers’ money and millions of dollars from development partners are lost through corruption. The 2014 Corruption Perceptions Index by Transparency International ranked Uganda among the most corrupt countries in the world. The same 2014 Corruption Perceptions Index ranked Rwanda 55th with a score of 49%, Tanzania 119th with a score of 31%, Uganda 142nd with a score of 26%, Kenya 145th with a score of 25% and Burundi 159th with a score of 20%. Thus, Rwanda is ranked as the least corrupt country in East Africa. The 2014 Corruption Perceptions Index measured the perceived levels of public sector corruption in 175 countries and territories. The Corruption Perceptions Index ranks countries and territories based on how corrupt their public sector is perceived to be. A country or territory’s score indicates the perceived level of public sector corruption on a scale of 0 (highly corrupt) to 100 (very clean).
A country or territory’s rank indicates its position relative to the other countries and territories in the index.
Poorly equipped schools; poor health services; counterfeit medicine; poor infrastructure (like roads, railways and buildings); incompetent workforce and election rigging (elections decided by money) are just some of the many consequences of public sector corruption. Bribes and backroom deals don’t just fleece resources from the most vulnerable – they undermine justice and economic development, and destroy public trust in government and leaders.
Currently there is no political will to fight corruption.
My government proposes to:
- Develop and Implement a system/policy of zero tolerance to corruption
- Ensure that corrupt officials are punished severely and promptly to discourage the acts of corruption
- Ensure the amendment of the law to ensure recovery of public resources from implicated corrupt officers
- Empower offices/organs tasked with checking and fighting corruption like the offices of the Attorney General, Inspector General of Government, Director of Public Prosecution and Auditor General among others.