Uganda tumbles in global corruption rankings
Kampala January 25-Uganda has fallen 12 places on the global corruption index to become the second most corrupt county after’ Burundi in East Africa.
According to the global corruption perception index released today, Rwanda is ranked 50 globally and ties with Mauritius at number three in the Africa while Uganda tumbled 12 places to 151, while Burundi trailed at 159 out of 176 countries surveyed.
The Corruption Perception Index Report launched by Transparency International today ranks countries according to how corrupt their public sectors are perceived. It shows an increase in the perception of corruption in Uganda in 2016 compared to the previous years with the country appearing as the most corrupt in the East African region after Burundi and South Sudan.
“The major corruption scandals like the UNRA corruption probe and the pensions scam that have been witnessed in the past and the shortcomings of the 2016 general elections which recorded a lot of bribery allegations during the election period are largely to blame for the country’s pitiable performance and the country’s overall ranking,” Peter Wandera the Executive Director Transparency International Uganda said.
He noted that despite the availability of good laws which would make it easier to tame the vice, implementation of the law remains poor and that is why the vice has continued unabated hence dragging the country to lower performance levels.
Cissy Kagaba the Executive Director at Anti-Corruption Coalition Uganda faults the dysfunctional systems in Uganda and poor prioritization within the leadership. She however emphasized the need to address inequalities in income and distribution of power if we are to fully address the causes of corruption tendencies like bribery because the act is alluring to those who are inadequately facilitated.