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Uganda Vision 2030: Corruption quoted to derail efforts 

(Last Updated On: 14 December 2023)

Kampala | The Uganda government has been trying to deal with corruption – a vice seen by many to be slowing down service delivery to the population. 

In trying to deal with the corrupt squads, the government has created additional Units under the State House to back up the IGG’s efforts. 

According to the IGG Report, Uganda loses a substantial amount of money (shs10 trillion) yearly to corruption. The same Report also indicates that the country loses shs1m every hour to corruption. 

While efforts to deal with the corrupt (grand corruption) are ongoing, too many concerns continue to emerge. 

The 20th Anniversary of the International Anti-corruption Day was held on December 9, 2023, under the theme: “Strengthening Partnerships in the war against Corruption.”

UPC party says the global commemoration was held at a time when “humanity is under real threat due to corruption” which has the “capacity to wipe out all the gains that we have worked hard to achieve since the end of Second World War (1939 – 1945) as well as distorting democratic governance processes in any given country if not well handled”.

“It is a good note that the world has come to terms with the hard reality that corruption is indeed the greatest challenge in many generations and a big hindrance to the development of our economies,” says the party’s head of media and communication, Faizo Muzeyi. 

This fight against corruption, he adds, can only be best realised when there is a very strong “political will” that ensures that all institutions and systems are working effectively.

In Uganda, corruption is highly threatening our service delivery from both local and central government, per UPC. “To achieve the theme for the day, …to reduce the cost of corruption in Uganda, you need a citizenry that is nationalistic in outlook and action.”

UPC says it has been following the government’s set-up sequence of dealing with corruption including investigations, arrests, prosecution, conviction, confiscating of corruption proceeds and lifestyle audit which still hangs in balance following President Museveni’s earlier remarks on the same. 

“All this hinges on the institutional capacity and independence to gather and protect evidence that is admissible in courts of law and UPC has been at the forefront of urging the government to empower all institutions so that they can operate effectively without any interferences.

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“UPC is therefore, very much concerned that corruption may derail our efforts to achieve Vision 2030 which is based on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). With the revival of the Police Special Branch, UPC is hopeful that more of such information may become available on time and well analyzed if it is allowed to execute its mandatory duties.”

Faizo notes that Uganda’s physical infrastructure especially roads is in poor shape which is an indicator that corruption may have been behind poor workmanship. 

“Our health system is lacking better and functioning facilities, medical staff is insufficient, drugs are scarce and health for all at an affordable cost is still a pipe dream!

“Education each day is becoming an expensive commodity right from pre-primary, primary, secondary and college or university. All these gaps in service delivery are greatly attributed to corruption that should be squarely fought with political goodwill.

He added: “UPC is calling upon the State, government officials, civil servants, law enforcement officers, media fraternity, private sector, civil society, academia; public and the youths to form enduring partnerships that stand up against corruption. Let us all be agents of the Anti-corruption crusade!”

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