ACC2015 – Citizens Unite to Condemn Vote Buying & Selling

Published By UNNGOF |  December 8, 2015

The fifth National Anti-Corruption Convention held on 7th December 2015 at Hotel Africana, Kampala, Uganda, attracted over 900 citizens from Government, Non Governmental Organizations, Academia, Faith Based Organizations, Youth, Development Partners, Government Agencies, Members of Parliament and Private Sector. The event was anchored on the theme” My Vote is priceless…Say No Vote Buying and Selling to rally all citizens to stand firm against all forms of electoral corruption.

The Chief Guest was Hon. Justice Stephen Kavuma, the Deputy Chief Justice of Uganda who officiated at the close of the 5th Annual National Anti-Corruption Convention.

The key note address which was delivered by Mr. Paul Banoba-Senior Regional Program Coordinator East and Horn of Africa-Transparency International underscored commoditization of electoral process which is a result of spiraling levels of poverty. Other speakers included religious leaders, cultural leaders, senior citizens, parliamentarians and development partners.

We also commend the Director Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department Ms. Grace Akullo, Rev. Aaron Mwesige, Director Religious Affairs, Directorate of Ethics and Integrity, representatives from PPDA, URA,IGG, Transparency International Regional Directors and other government institutions for accepting our invitation and gracing the 5th Annual National Anti-Corruption Convention .

The Convention was also graced with the launch of the East Africa Bribery Index and I PAID A BRIBE website spearheaded by Transparency International and Action Aid International respectively. The EABI explores the prevalence of bribery in various sectors as well as the value that citizens place on the different services they seek in partnership with other civil society organizations. I PAID ABRIBE website-a platform that will act as a repository for evidence on corruption with ability to regularly undertake analysis of which sectors are most corrupt and monitor the corruption economy in Uganda.

Additionally, participants were able to collectively discuss and develop strategies to curb electoral corruption. This was done in four side events that were spear headed by Anti-Corruption Coalition Uganda, Transparency International, Civil Society Budget Advocacy Group, Alliance for Campaign Financing and Monitoring and Uganda Youth Network.