Uganda has moved at least 12 places in the corruption index, – according to the latest global corruption index
The 2019 Transparency International corruption perception index ranks Uganda at 137th out of 180 countries. This is down from the 149th position the country was ranked in 2018.
The index is published annually by Transparency International (TI) and assesses the perceived levels of public sector corruption in 180 countries.
Uganda’s score moved at least two points from 26 per cent last year to 28 percent this year.
The index ranks 180 countries and territories by their perceived levels of public sector corruption, according to experts and business people. It uses a scale of zero to 100, where zero is highly corrupt and 100 is very clean. More than two-thirds of countries score below 50 on this year’s CPI, with an average score of just 43. Similar to previous years, the data shows that despite some progress, a majority of countries are still failing to tackle public sector corruption effectively.
In the East African region, Rwanda remains the least corrupt country in position 51 after scoring 53% followed by Tanzania in the 96th position with a score of 37 while Kenya and Uganda are tied together.
For Uganda, the improvement can be attributed to the aggressiveness that the president has taken against corruption.
The top countries are New Zealand and Denmark, with scores of 87 each, followed by Finland (86), Singapore (85), Sweden (85) and Switzerland (85).
The bottom countries are Somalia, South Sudan and Syria with scores of 9, 12 and 13, respectively. These countries are closely followed by Yemen (15), Venezuela (16), Sudan (16), Equatorial Guinea (16) and Afghanistan (16).
Last year, president Museveni led a walk against corruption in the capital Kampala, although some Ugandans scoffed it off as a mockery.
To end corruption and restore trust in politics, Transparency International says there is need to prevent opportunities for political corruption and to foster the integrity of political systems.
The global body has recommended governments to reduce the risk of conflict of interest, enforce campaign finance regulations in order to prevent excessive money and influence in politics, and strengthen election integrity by preventing and sanctioning vote-buying and misinformation campaigns.
It also recommends governments to regulate lobbying activities by promoting open and meaningful access to decision-making and consult a wider range of groups, beyond well-resourced lobbyists and a few private interests, empower citizens by protect civil liberties and political rights, including freedom of speech, expression and association, tackle preferential treatment as well as reinforce checks and balances.