Citizens have expressed dissatisfaction on the way the NRM Government has for long shielded public officials implicated in corruption scandals. It was noted that in this government, there exist some untouchable people and this has curtailed the fight against corruption. Citizens further blamed the NRM Government for deliberately promoting corruption as a strategy to keep in power by commercializing politics and making it expensive for right leaders to participate in leadership of this country. The concerns were raised during the anti corruption barazas held in Gulu and Jinja districts to offer opportunity for the various stakeholders to explore alternative approaches through which a culture of integrity can be built within society and the public office.
Uganda National NGO Forum in partnership with FORAMO Uganda and FABIO held 2 anti anti-corruption barazas in Gulu – Tuku village, Paibona parish Awach Sub County on 21st June 2017, and Jinja – Jinja Taxi Park on the 23rd June 2017.
According to the 2017 BBC survey on corruption, a list of the 10 top corrupt political parties in the world was released and the National Resistance Movement was ranked second after the Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz. This is disgraceful and can be solely attributed to the lack of political will to curb corruption.
In an effort to curb corruption, the Government has done a lot to put in place legal and institutional frame work ratified at both national and international level. Among such efforts include the establishment of the Inspectorate of Government (IG) charged with fighting corruption and any kind of maladministration in public offices; administer the leadership code Act which requires public servants of a certain level to declare their wealth, every after 3 year; The government has also enacted other important laws in that regard for example; Public Procurement and Disposal of Public Asset Act 2003, Access to information Act 2005, Public Finance Management Act, Anticorruption Amendment Act 2015, Whistle Blower Act 2010, Auditor General Act, to mention but a few. All these are comprehensive legislations to support and promote accountability; however we still see ineffective institutions and high corruption tendencies.
So going forward, as a strategy to end corruption, citizens proposed firing squad for implicated officials; sale of property of corrupt officials to recover the lost funds; political will to fight corruption and also continue creating awareness on corruption and its effects. Then citizens will participate actively in the leadership and governance of their country and hold their leaders accountable.