President Museveni was on Tuesday recognized by Transparency International Uganda for his efforts to curb corruption through setting up systems, laws and public sensitization
Speaking at event to mark 25 years of Transparency International Uganda, President Museveni said “The laws are there, the institutions are there but the personnel handling them are the problem. The country needs confident and able leaders who know what is right and do what is right,”
.@KagutaMuseveni on corruption in civil service "The laws are there, the institutions are there but the personnel handling them are the problem. The country needs confident and able leaders who know what is right and do what is right," #TransparenyUG@25 pic.twitter.com/ESOYiHHP9l
— Nabusayi L. Wamboka (@lindahNabusayi) December 4, 2018
‘‘What happened to the IGG? Why don’t the victims of corruption report those incidents to the office of the IGG? That was the purpose of that office; to protect the public from corrupt officials; to protect the investors against corrupt officials. The IGG should reflect on this. Are her staff credible? Why does the public not trust that institution? We need answers.’’ The President made the remarks during his 2018 State of the Nation address at Serena hotel in Kampala
Transparency International Corruption Perception Index released in January last year, Uganda ranked 151 out of 176 countries in the Corruption Perception Index 2016.
This means, Uganda ranked number 25 as the most corrupt country in the world, only beaten by Somalia, South Sudan and a few others.
Uganda boasts of a rich legal framework which has often been terribly implemented or not implemented at all. The laws against corruption started way back in the 70s with the enactment of the Prevention of Corruption Act 1970.
Then there was the Inspectorate of Government Act 1988, The Anti-Corruption Act 2009, Leadership Code Act 2002, and Public Finance Management Act 2015. All these provide clear cut punishments to bribery and corruption but until a few years ago, we hadn’t seen any big names being convicted, despite their overt corruption.
Corruption in Uganda remains largely rooted in the judiciary, police and public offices. It has become a norm that justice can only be administered through corruption and the moment a traffic policeman stops you, your mind runs to how much you have in your pocket and how much you should prepare for him.